AUBERT, THOMAS, sailor from Dieppe, one of the first French navigators to visit American shores after the Breton fishermen, who arrived there as early as 1504.
Aubert must have come to America shortly after 1504, since in 1508 Jean Ango, senior, the great Dieppe shipowner, gave him the command of La Pensée for a fishing and reconnoitring voyage in the New World. From that trip Capt. Aubert brought back the first American Indians ever to come to France, and they caused a great stir at Rouen with their costumes, arms, and canoes. It is he who pointed out to the Normandy fishermen the fishing banks of Bonavista. According to some historians, Verrazzano may have taken part in the voyage of 1508.
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