Cartier, Jacques

(1491-ca. 1557)
   navigator
   Born in saint-Malo, Jacques Cartier, while seeking a northwest passage to Asia through the New World, reached Newfoundland and the coast of Labrador, which had already been discovered by John and Sebastian Cabot (1497). Cartier discovered the estuary of the St. Lawrence and, at Gaspé, took possession of canada in the name of King Francis i of France. He undertook two other voyages (1535, 1541) during the course of which he proved the insularity of Newfoundland, sailed up the St. Lawrence (which he believed to be the Northwest passage to "Cathay") until he reached the site of Quebec, and went on to found a settlement at Hochelaga, the site of the future Montreal. Jacques Cartier was called the "discoverer of Canada."

France. A reference guide from Renaissance to the Present . 1884.

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