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jacquesssss! social studies
Updated: 5/28/2020
jacquesssss! social studies
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  • Jacques Cartier was born on December 31, 1491 in Saint-Malo, a port town of Brittany, France.
  • Saint-Malo was a fishing town in northern France. So young Jacques probably learned navigational skills and seafaring early in life.
  • A voyage began on April 20, 1534 when Cartier departed from Saint-Malo with 2 ships and 61 men.
  • In June of 1534 he made his first major discovery when he came upon an area we know today as Prince Edward Island.
  • The final spot Cartier landed before returning to France was on the modern-day the Gaspé Peninsula. Here, they met the friendly Mimac natives who lived in the area and traded furs and other items.
  • Cartier discovered land for France, and several places in Canada honor him, including the Jacques Cartier Bridge that crosses the St. Lawrence River from Montreal to Quebec. And a statue of the explorer stands at the explorer’s birthplace of Saint-Malo,France.
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