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Jacques Cartier discovers the St. Lawrence River

Posted in Anniversary, Exploration, History on Sunday, 30 May 2010

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Jacques Cartier, the “Father of Canada”. Illustration by Severino Baraldi

Today is the anniversary of the discovery of the St. Lawrence by mariner and explorer Jacques Cartier, whose expeditions around and up the river earned him the title The Father of Canada. Cartier was convinced that he could discover a north west gateway to China; instead, on 9 June 1534, he reached – and mapped – the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Cartier misinterpreted the locals description of their village, or kanata, to be the name of the land, and named the area Canada and the inhabitants Canadiens.

Further pictures of Jacques Cartier and his early explorations can be found here. Many more aspects of Canada’s history can be explored through the following link.

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