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KF5JRV > TODAY    09.06.19 16:00l 8 Lines 1478 Bytes #2 (0) @ WW
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Subj: Today in History - Jun 09
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French navigator Jacques Cartier becomes the first European explorer todiscover the St. Lawrence River in present-day Quebec, Canada.In 1534, Cartier was commissioned by King Francis I of France to explorethe northern American lands in search of riches and the rumoredNorthwest Passage to Asia. That year, Cartier entered the Gulf of St.Lawrence by the Strait of Belle Isle, explored its barren north coastfor a distance, and then traveled down the west shore of Newfoundland toCape Anguille. From there, he discovered Magdalen and Prince Edwardislands, explored Chaleur Bay, and claimed Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula forFrance. He then discovered the inlet of the St. Lawrence River, sailednorth to Anticosti Island, and then returned to Europe.Previously thought to be a barren and inhospitable region, Cartier’sdiscoveries of the warm and fertile lands around the Gulf of St.Lawrence inspired Francis I to dispatch him on a second expedition in1535. On this voyage, he ascended the St. Lawrence to the native villageof Hochelaga, site of the modern-day city of Montreal. On his returnvoyage to France, he explored Cabot Strait along the southern coast ofNewfoundland. Cartier led a final expedition to the region in 1541, aspart of an unsuccessful colonization effort. His extensive geographicaldiscoveries formed the basis of France’s claims to the rich St. LawrenceValley in the 17th century.

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