Jacques Cartier

Jacques Cartier

by Adam Woog
     
 

Hired by King Francis I of France to explore North America in order to find a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean, Jacques Cartier arrived in Newfoundland in 1534 after sailing for a mere 20 days. His two later voyages also were successful. Cartier discovered the St. Lawrence River, a natural border existing between present-day Canada and New England, opening up

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Hired by King Francis I of France to explore North America in order to find a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean, Jacques Cartier arrived in Newfoundland in 1534 after sailing for a mere 20 days. His two later voyages also were successful. Cartier discovered the St. Lawrence River, a natural border existing between present-day Canada and New England, opening up the waterway for European exploration into North America. Continuing up the great river, he made contact with the North American Indian villages of Stadacona (today's Montreal) and Hochel-aga (today's Quebec City). Cartier is also credited with contributing to the creation of a lucrative trading network between the French and the North American Indians and with naming the land "Canada." Jacques Cartier is the story of the first explorer to establish a French presence in North America, an accomplishment that allowed the next generation of French sailors to create the first settlements in Canada.

Great Explorers tells the stories of some of the world's most influential figures whose quest for gold, land, and knowledge changed the course of history and created the modern globe. These books are a key resource to help students understand the stages of European exploration amid international rivalries.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–The information in this series on well-known and oft-written-about explorers is not necessarily new but it is presented in such a way as to attract and maintain readers' interest. Each title opens with a glimpse into a particularly thrilling or critical moment in the man's life, and then the chapters unfold chronologically. The explorers' triumphs and foibles are described in keen detail, with the common factors in their stories being the descriptions of the subjects' unending desire to see the world, do something no one else had done, and their unfailing determination. With a full complement of maps, photographs (where available), illustrations, time lines, and document reproductions, a full story is told. Well-written and thoroughly researched, this series will make a solid addition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604134308
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Chelsea House Great Explorers Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,348,462
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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