Mare Lescarbot, seigneur de St. Audebert, a French historian, born at Vervins about 1570, died about 1630. His earliest known work, Discours sur la reunion des Eglises d' Alexandria et de Russie a la sainte Eglise catholique, appeared in 1599. Taking an interest in American colonization, he joined De Monts's colony in Acadia (now Nova Scotia) in 1605, and was actively engaged with Poutrin-court in establishing Port Royal, till it was abandoned in 1607. On his return to France he published Histoire de la Nouvelle France (1609), with a collection of poems called Les muses de la Nouvelle France. His history embraced a summary of Cartier's voyages and the French colony in Florida, as well as the more recent efforts at the north, including in detail that in which he took part; a second edition, with additional matter, appeared in 1611, and was soon reprinted; and a third and still more enlarged edition in 1618, including La conversion des sauvages, first published in 1610, and Relation derniere de ce qui c'est passe au voyage du sieur de Poutrineourt, about 1612. The second edition was reprinted at Paris in 1866, in 3 vols.
English and German translations appeared in 1609 and 1613. He then seems to have pursued his profession as advocate in the French parliament, gaining the favor of President Jeannin, and of the chancellor Brulart de Sillery, with whose son, Pierre de Castelle, ambassador to Switzerland, he visited that country, and published a poetical account of it, Le tableau de la Suisse (1613). His last work, La chasse aux Anglais dans Vile de Rhe, appeared in 1629. One of the poems in his Muses describes the defeat of the Armouchiquois Indians in Maine by the Micmao sagamore Membertou in 1607.