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Jean de Lery

Birth: 1534

Death:1611

Jean de Lery (1534-1611) (lay-ree), sometimes improperly written Delery, Burgundian clergyman, b. in La Margelle in 1534 ; d. in Berne, Switzerland, in 1611. He became a convert to Calvinism, and was ordained to the ministry at Geneva in 1555. In the same year Villegaignon asked the consistory of that city for a clergyman to accompany him to Brazil, where the French Protestants had resolved to make a settlement, and Lery was sent to him.

He remained in Brazil from 1556 till 1559, and rendered valuable aid to Villegaignon, who sent him back to Geneva in 1559 to forward re-enforcements and supplies. But subsequent events in Brazil rendered his commission useless, and Lery tettled in Berne, where he became pastor of a church. He published "Histoire d' un voyage fait en la terre du Bresil" (La Rochelle, 1578 ; several revised eds., Geneva, 1580-1611).

References:

Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1892) Volume 3. pg. 732.

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