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December 23,1491 Jacques Cartier was born in Saint-Malo Brittany, France
It is not known how he learned the art of navigation though it is generally accepted that he accompanied Giovanni da Verrazzano on unofficial explorations initiated by the king of France in 1524. (https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/jacques-cartier-6485.php)
Cartier was introduced to King Francis I by Jean le Veneur, bishop of Saint-Malo and abbot of Mont-Saint-Michel, in 1534. He was reasonably experienced in navigation by then and the king asked him to undertake the official exploration of North America. (https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/jacques-cartier-6485.php
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