This Italian-born explorer served as a Pirate before searching for the Northwest Passage for France. Verrazano would explore and chart much of the east coast of North America.
This French explorer explored the St. Lawrence River in search of a magical kingdom called Saguenay as well as the elusive Northwest Passage.
Champlain started the first permanent French settlement in the New World at Quebec.
This French explorer claimed the entire Mississippi River drainage region for France. He named the area Louisiana after his King.