July 25, 2021

Today in History: Jacques Cartier

Last Updated on June 9, 2018

A recently found portrait medallion of Jacques Cartier
Today in History–June 9–the Library of Congress features French navigator Jacques Cartier, who sailed into the St. Lawrence River on this date in 1534. The explorer was commissioned by King Francis I of France to explore the area in hopes of finding gold, spices, and a northern passage to Asia. Find out more about Cartier’s three visits to Canada by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources.

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