French Navigator and Explorer
Jacques Cartier is the adventurer who is often credited with discovering Canada. He was the first European to locate the Gulf of St. Lawrence an...
December 31, 1491
September 1, 1557
Portrait: Jacques Cartier. Reproduced by permission of Archive Photos, Inc.
Born 1491, Saint-Malo, France Died September 1, 1557, Saint-Malo, France
During the sixteenth century European navigators had determined that the continents of North and South Americ...
Jacques Cartier (1491-1557), French explorer and navigator, may truly be said to have discovered Canada. His voyages were the key to the cartography of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and he named the land ...
Jacques Cartier sailed to explore North America in 1533. The king of France had ordered him to find gold, riches, and a short sea route to Asia. Between 1533 and 1542, Cartier made se...