Samuel 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 on July 3, 1608.

When he was a child.

Born: 1574 in Brouage, France

He did not start his exploring days until he was in his late 20's, so he isn't really known for much during his childhood.

First explorations.

  • 1599 was his first voyage in command of the ship to the Americas
  • He traveled with his uncle on his first voyage by ship as far as Spain or the West Indies, of which he had no official role to their crew.
  • Later he traveled with François Gravé Du Pont's expedition to Canada. Champlain was chosen to be geographer on an expedition to Acadia led by Lieutenant-General Pierre Du Gua de Monts.

Why they were exploring.

  • He was trying to find the Northwest Passage-what he thought would be a short cut to Asia.
  • To explore the St. Lawrence River for the King of France.

What he's known for.

  • Founding New France in Quebec City, Canada
  • Being a good geographer and explorer
  • Making the first accurate map of the coast

Where he visited.

What is now known as Mexico, Canada, and America.

When Champlain visited Canada (Now Quebec City) he studied what the surroundings were and later established Quebec City, Canada.

Other things to know.

  • He traveled with smaller groups of people.
  • King Henry IV was the king of France at that time.
  • He had a wife named Helene who traveled to New France with him and stayed for 4 years until returning.


  • I gave Samuel an A- because he was a very good geographer and explorer
  • He established "New France" a.k.a. Quebec City, Canada
  • Many explorers wanted him to sail with them to help know where they were going.

Future recommendations.

Let us learn more about him in history classes at least in middle school because I've never herd of Samuel de Champlain before.


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