Jean-François Roberval  

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Jean-François de La Rocque de Roberval (c. 1500 – 1560) was a French nobleman and adventurer who, through his friendship with King Francis, became the first Lieutenant General of New France. As a corsair he attacked towns and shipping throughout the Spanish Main, from Cuba to Colombia. He died in Paris as one of the first Huguenot martyrs.

In literature

Rabelais spoke of him as Robert Valbringue. His marooning of his young relative, and her rescue, was told in the Heptameron by Queen Marguerite of Navarre. André Thevet gave some information on him and his colony. Court poets Clément Marot et Michel d'Amboise dedicated works to him. A Protestant poem in Latin, "Robervalensis Epitaphium", is part of an anonymous collection of poems at the National Library in Paris.

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