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Samuel de Champlain


Samuel de Champlain, known as "The Father of New France", was a French navigator, cartographer, draftsman, soldier, explorer, geographer, ethnologist, diplomat, and chronicler. He made from 21-29 trips across the Atlantic, and founded New France and Quebec City on July 3, 1608. He is important to Canadian history because he made the first accurate map of the coast and he helped found the settlements.


  • Birth year, location and family 

  • Early travels 

  • Founding of Quebec City 

  • Murder of the King 

  • Marriage 

  • Relations and war with natives 

  • Exploration of New France 

  • Military expedition 

  • Improving administration in New France 

  • Last return, and last years working in Quebec 

  • Death and burial 

  • Memorials 

  • Notes and references