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Samuel de Champlain

French Explorer Samuel de Champlain

Profession: French Explorer


Biography: Founded New France and Quebec City. Made the first accurate map of the Canadian coast and helped establish numerous settlements.

Born: July 3, 1567
Birthplace: Hiers-Brouage or La Rochelle, France
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: December 25, 1635 (aged 68)
Cause of Death: Stroke

Historical Events

  • 1608-07-03 Samuel de Champlain founds city of Quebec
  • 1609-07-29 Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs at Ticonderoga, New York setting the stage for French-Iroquois conflicts for the next 150 years
  • 1610-06-19 Samuel de Champlain and his French army defeat the Mohawk people at the Battle of Sorel in New France, present-day Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
  • 1616-07-11 Samuel de Champlain returns to Quebec.
  • 1633-03-01 Samuel de Champlain reclaims his role as commander of New France on behalf of Cardinal Richelieu.

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