After escaping from a Spanish galleon in 1624, Pierre Balain d’Esnambuc, an impoverished Norman noble, landed on the small island of Saint Christophe (St Kitts) in the Lesser Antilles chain. An English group had already landed there four years earlier, and, in imitation of early Virginia, introduced slave- and indentured servant-cultivated tobacco. Sniffing the possibilities, d’Esnambuc left some men to stake a claim and learn tobacco production, returned immediately to France, sought and finally received an audience with Richelieu, and convinced the cardinal not only to grant him a monopoly for a tobacco colony but to invest 10,000 livres in it.
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Silvia Marzagalli, The French Atlantic World in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 17. 

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