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French Explorers

   
Hernan Cortes

Giovanni da Verrazzano

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.

   
Jacques Cartier

Jacques Cartier

This French explorer explored the St. Lawrence River in search of a magical kingdom called Saguenay as well as the elusive Northwest Passage.

   
Samuel de Champlain

Samuel de Champlain

Champlain started the first permanent French settlement in the New World at Quebec.

   
Rober Sieur de la Salle

Robert Sieur de la Salle

This French explorer claimed the entire Mississippi River drainage region for France. He named the area Louisiana after his King.