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Henri IV - An unfinished reign


Samuel de Champlain

vers 1580-1635

Samuel de Champlain was born in Brouage, Saintonge, circa 1580, and died in Quebec in 1635.

We know very little about his early years, although he appears to have learned to sail as a youth, and later acquired the drawing and mapmaking skills that would subsequently stand him in good stead. Champlain was both a soldier and an explorer, and he made many voyages to North America, which culminated in the founding of Quebec City, the first French colony, in 1608. As "Lieutenant of the Viceroy of New France" and, starting in 1629, "Commander of New France in the absence" of Cardinal Richelieu, Champlain administered Quebec City until his death in 1635.

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