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L’épître de Tohibac Ouassou à François Ier : un témoignage poétique précoce des ambitions françaises au Brésil (1539 ?)

Abstract : The article focuses on an unpublished epistle of 150 verses preserved in the BnF’s French manuscript 4967, that “Tohibac Ouassou”, a Tupi chief who came to France following Captain Jean Bellanger, Lord of Biserets, is said to have addressed to François I. The text should be put in context with the Norman expeditions to Brazil in the years 1530-1540 and the rivalry with the Portuguese merchants. Clearly written close to the interests of Norman shipowners, it defends French territorial claims over Brazil, while providing an early example of fictional foreign gaze, implicitly judging European customs.
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Submitted on : Monday, August 8, 2022 - 10:56:00 PM
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Guillaume Berthon, Jérémie Bichüe. L’épître de Tohibac Ouassou à François Ier : un témoignage poétique précoce des ambitions françaises au Brésil (1539 ?). Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, Librairie Droz, 2022, 84 (2), pp.327-342. ⟨halshs-03747881⟩

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