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18 How different were the French and British practices from those of the Spanish when we look behind the rhetoric of the Black Legend? As much as the French had looked at the riches of Spain as an example to be emulated and envied, France made early inroads into the authority of Portugal and Spain in the New World. 19 The French corsairs traded and pirated along the coast of Brazil as far south as Rio de Janeiro, arming the Natives against the Portuguese, who were displacing them with settlers.
20 During the 1550s and 1560s, Coligny organized voyages to the New World as a place of refuge for French Protestants. The first voyage was to the site of Rio Janeiro in 1555, under the direction of Nicolas Durand, chevalier de Villegagnon and vice admiral of Brittany. In 1556 three ships from Honfleur were sent to reinforce Villegagnon’s colony. 23 André Thevet and Jean de Léry, who were both in Brazil, represented the strife between French Catholics and Protestants at home and in the Americas.
102 In this chapter and in the study generally, I have tried to provide some reminders of the divisions within the groups, cultures, and nations under discussion, for otherwise it becomes too ready to speak in an undisrupted manner of something unified that was seldom so. The career of Walter Ralegh from hero and goad to Spain to a sacrifice by execution because of his anti-Spanish stance, also shows that the attitudes of the English elite could shift over time. When Elizabeth I died in 1603 and James I ascended the throne, friendship and peace with Spain were pursuits of the English government.