European Explorer Project-- Jacques Cartier

European Explorer Project-- Jacques Cartier

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  • Cartier explored and named modern-day Canada.
  • Cartier does not have the cleanest reputation. On his third voyage, he was supposed to make a permanent settlement near Quebec. Once he found what he thought was gold and diamonds, he abandoned his settlement and the colonists. He sailed straight back to France, only to find out his gold and diamonds were fake and worthless. 
  • Jacques Cartier was born in Saint-Malo, France on December 31, 1491. He made three voyages in 1534, 1535, and 1541. 
  • Jacques Cartier sailed for France. He was sent by King Francis I and was told to explore the eastern coast of North America. He was to search for gold, spices, and a passage to Asia. 
  • Cartier is credited for exploring the St. Lawrence river and the region around it. He did not bring back gold or find a sea route to Asia for French. 
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