Samuel de Champlain was a French explorer and cartographer best known for establishing and governing the settlements of New France and the city of Quebec.
Champlain's earliest travels were with his uncle, and he ventured as far as Spain and the West Indies. From 1601 to 1603, he was a geographer for King Henry IV, and then joined François Gravé Du Pont's expedition to Canada in 1603.
Champlain used a number of different ships to sail to North America. One of them was the St. Julien which he inherited from his uncle who was also an explorer. The main ship commanded by Samuel de Champlain was the Don-de-Dieu (Gift of God). To explore rivers Champlain used canoes.