On June 9, 1534, French navigator, Jacques Cartier is the first European explorer to discover the St. Lawrence River which is in present-day Quebec, Canada.

Jacques Cartier

Jacques Cartier

King Francis I of France commissioned Cartier to explore the northern American lands in search of riches and a Northwest Passage to Asia.  Cartier entered the Gulf of St. Lawrence by the Strait of Belle Isle, explored its barren north coast for a distance, and then traveled down the west shore of Newfoundland to Cape Anguille. From there, he discovered Magdalen and Prince Edward islands, explored Chaleur Bay, and claimed Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula for France. He then discovered the inlet of the St. Lawrence River, sailed north to Anticosti Island, and then returned to Europe.

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5 responses

  1. Birgit says:

    The St. Lawrence is so pretty in spots. I always think of Canada/U.S.A. as young compared to Europe but not when reading the history. I have to say Quebec City is a beautiful city

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  2. Jo Wake says:

    What a fabulous picture of the area. I haven’t been quite that far east unfortunately. Now I don’t suppose I ever will. Interesting bit of history.

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  3. My goal back in the mid-70’s was to f=drive along the entire river. My husband and I gave up somewhere north of Maine and headed south. Would still love to finish it.

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