François de Razilly

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François de Razilly was a French nobleman of the 17th century who led the colonial enterprise to found "France Équinoxiale".[1] He headed a colonial party of about 500 to an island which would become the city of São Luís do Maranhão,[1] he arrived in the island in August 1612.[2]

He was the brother of two other famous sailors and explorers, Isaac de Razilly and Claude de Razilly.[3]


  1. ^ a b Decentring the Renaissance by Germaine Warkentin p.103ff
  2. ^ A new world of animals Miguel de Asúa, Roger French p.148
  3. ^ The chevalier de Montmagny (1601–1657): first governor of New France by Jean-Claude Dubé, Elizabeth Rapley p.112 [1]