By Natalie Byers
After his experience with Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524, France’s King Francis I was impressed with Jacques Cartier and commissioned him to his first expedition in April, 1534. He took 61 men and 2 ships with him as he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 20 days. He landed in Newfoundland. While he was exploring the Gulf of the St Lawrence River, he landed on Anticosti and Prince Edward Islands. In Gaspe Bay, he met and kidnapped two native Iroquoi boys who he brought back to France. During this first voyage, Cartier thought that Canada was Asia.