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Samuel de Champlain's Experience

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Champlain had more than one string on his bow, or feather in his cap! In other words, he acquired a great deal of experience during his travels. As an explorer in the early 17th century, he had to continue, regardless of the situation. His life very often depended on it!

The spring of 1603 marked his first navigation towards New France, on the ship Bonne-Renommée.

Illustration of a Ship by Blaeuw

Illustration of a Ship from Map of the Americas by Blaeuw [ca. 1650]
National Archives of Canada/C-36350/Detail

As a result of his exemplary determination, he established a continual French presence in the immense territory known as North America. He survived a thousand and one difficulties and fought admirably for these "few acres of snow."

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