American Exploration: France


By: Canaan, Jackson, and Ashton

Trip to America

With Spain exploring America and finding gold and silver, and New Britain colonizing ,France went to explore. They sent captain Giovanna de Verrazano in 1522.

Giovanni da Verrazano

He is a renowned explorer that is most known for exploring the Atlantic coast from Florida to New Brunswick. He is also the destroyer of the Navigatori class. Another big thing that he did was that he was the first explorer from France to come to America.
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He Sailed for 4 months.

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Then he arrived at america, in 1523, and started to claim land.

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After France claimed land in America they started searching for gold and silver. They also highly promoted colonization of America. After years of searching for gold/silver, and not a lot of colonization, France sold there land to the U.S.A. in 1803 in the Louisiana Purchase.

Political Reasons for Exploration:

1. To locate a passage around the North America to India, (the northwest passage).

2. To be at an equal power level as New Britain and Spain.

Social Reasons for Exploration:

1. To trade French items with Indians for fur and other things.

Economic Reasons for Exploration:

1. With Spain finding gold and silver, France needed money to help there country; so they went to America to hopefully find some.

Other Explorers

Juan Ribault

Jean Ribault was a French naval officer, navigator, and a colonizer of what would become the southeastern United States. He was a major figure in the French attempts to colonize Florida.
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René de Laudonnière

René Goulaine de Laudonnière was a French Huguenot explorer and the founder of the French colony of Fort Caroline in what is now Jacksonville, Florida.
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Sammel de Champlain

Samuel de Champlain, "The Father of New France", was a French navigator, cartographer, draughtsman, soldier, explorer, geographer, ethnologist, diplomat, and chronicler. He founded New France and Quebec City.
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