Jacques Cartier

By: Alexa Slater


Jacques was born on December 31, 1491 in Saint Malo. He died on September 1, 1557.

King Francis 1 sent Jacques to sail to up the St. Lawrence River. Years that he sailed 1534, 1535, 1541

His major accomplishments were claiming parts of Canada for France and he was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

Characteristics: Calm, curious and stubborn

Second Voyage

Friday, May 3rd 1535 at 12am

St. Lawrence River

He went to explore to find precious minerals and a possible strait to China.

Voyages and Explored Places

The purpose of the voyage was to find a northern passage to Asia, as well as to collect riches such as gold and spices along the way.

He explored the Northern lands hoping to discover gold.

During one of his voyages Cartier and his crew were forced to spend the winter of 1535-1536 at Stadacona where the snow was four feet deep.

Jacques Cartier - Mini Biography