Hébert, Louis (ləwēˈ) [key], 1575–1627, French pioneer, known as the first Canadian farmer. A Paris apothecary, he spent 10 years (1604–14) in Acadia, and at Port Royal (now Annapolis Royal, N.S.) he made some attempts to farm. Soon after his return to France, Hébert, at the urging of his friend Samuel de Champlain, again set forth for Canada. With his family he settled at Quebec in 1617, the first permanent settler and farmer in Canada. In 1623 he received a grant of land on the site of what is now Upper Town, Quebec.
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