Profession: French Explorer
Why Famous: Founded New France and Quebec City. Made the first accurate map of the Canadian coast and helped establish numerous settlements.
- 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.