Samuel de Champlain


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About Samuel de Champlain

Samuel de Champlain was born on August 13, 1547 in France and died on December 25, 1635 in Quebec City, Canada. He is a France explorer. He discovered New France and Quebec City on July 3, 1608. The first exploring North America of him began in 1903. He was a geographer of King Henry IV and he died because of illness.

Samuel de Champlain Route Map

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In 1908, Champlain returned to New France , he entered the Gulf of St. Lawrence and sailed southwest along the St. Lawrence River until he reached the present-day site of Quebec City. Champlain recognized the site’s geographical advantages. It offered a natural harbor, a cliff from which to keep an eye on the surrounding area, and a river with tributaries that provided access inland and the river is called the St. Charles. The area also was home to American Indians with whom the French settlers could trade. Champlain named the settlement Quebec, from an Algonquian word meaning the river narrows here.