Samuel de Champlain

The First Explorer to Discover Canada

Childhood

Samuel de Champlain (born Samuel Champlain) was born August 13, 1574 somewhere in France. He was born into a family of mariners. When he was a young man, he took place in the first settlement in Florida. He also discovered The Great Lakes. Along the way, he made friends with the Montagnais and Innu tribes living there.