Samuel de Champlain

Samuel de Champlain was born 1574 in Brouage, France and not much is known of his childhood. He died December 25, 1635 in Quebec. He explored for his own country. In 1603, he joined François Grave du Pont’s expedition to Canada. At first, Samuel was only supposed to come for the journey but he later proved to be very useful. He could make unbelievable predictions about the lakes and their networks while they sailed through the St. Lawrence river and up to Montreal. Now, because of his useful contributions on this expedition, he was chosen to go to Acadia as a geographer the year after last.

Champlain and the rest of his crew landed on the coast of what we now call Nova Scotia. They then moved on to the Bay of Fundy, St. John River and finally, the St. Croix River. They set up a camp once they reached the St. Croix River and spent the winter there.

a painting of the St. Croix river during the winter time

By 1608, Champlain was given the ranking of lieutenant. Him and his crew began to venture back up the St Lawrence river and eventually reached what we now call, Quebec. They came here because it was the best place for fur trade. Quebec later became the most popular place to go for fur trading. While he was there, Champlain came across a group of Iroquois which he later went into battle with. He also met a group of Native Americans known as the Hurons. The Hurons also went into battle with Champlain against the Iroquois and they spent the winter together. Champlain then created the earliest document about the life of the natives to ever be recorded.  

a painting of he Huron tribe.

Should he be in the hall of fame?

I'd have to say yes because he discovered some amazing things. He devoted a lot of his time and energy into developing and establishing Quebec as well as a huge fur trading center. He went back and forth across the Atlantic ocean over 20 times just to check in on Quebec and to make sure things were still running smoothly and to support it. Also, instead of becoming enemy's with the natives or treating them horribly, a bond was formed between them and he fought on the same side of them. He was a leader, a sailor/soldier, the father of new France, an explorer, a map maker, and could build strong relationships with other nations. He inspired numerous people and paved the way for many more explorers to come.


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