Samuel de Champlain
Dear Henri IV, Admirable King of France,
My name is Samuel de Champlain, and I would love nothing more than to collaborate with you. For just a few million dollars, I can give you jewels, gold, furs, and this ravishing crown showed in the picture below. France will be the richest country in the Eastern Hemisphere! I plan to take my voyage in the northeastern area of North America. If you approve, I was planning to name the area Quebec. It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Now I shall get back on track. All that I will need is 50 of your finest men, 20 large barrels of liquor,54,750 hardtacks, and a very large, wooden ship. I would like to begin the exploration in 1615. It should, potentially take about 1 year, if my calculations are correct, which they hardly ever are. We do have two competing countries scouring the area, England and Spain. They are worthy competitors, but as far as I know, they are exploring completely different parts of North America! I am not the sort of person to fully block out the potential obstacles that I could encounter, so I am just going to go right out and say them. My crew and I would deal with there being poor maps and navigational tools by, getting maps made that are 100% accurate, and using compasses. Starvation would not be a problem because I have worked it out that each sailor will have 3 hardtacks a day, and the right amount of liquor a man should need. I will personally hire the best doctor to come onto the ship if the case were to occur that a man should get a disease. If we are to see any signs of Indians, or what not, we shall grant them a cozy area of land south of our exploration. I know that I am a worthy man to lead this exploration, and I will bring you, and France great fortune.
Samuel de Champlain, True citizen of France