Exploring Canadian Roots

Jacques Cartier at St. Malo
With the exception of the Vikings, (more on that subject in a later post), Jacques Cartier captained the first European ship to explore Canada.

He was born in the beautiful walled town of St.Malo.

Cartier met the king Francois I at Mont St. Michel and was given a commission to explore and find a route to the Orient.

After three money-losing voyages to the New World, he retired to his house called Limoileu near Rotheneuf, which is now a museum.

His grave was found in the Cathedral St. Vincent at St. Malo when it was being restored in 1949 after being damaged during the Second World War.

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