Jacques Cartier

Jacques Cartier profile

Birthday December 31, 1491
Birthplace France
Death Date Sep 1, 1557  (at age 65)
Birth Sign Capricorn

A French explorer of Breton descent who claimed what is now Canada for France.

He married a member of a prestigious family in France to improve his social status in 1520.

He was the first European to depict and chart the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the coasts of the Saint Lawrence River.

He married up when he wed Mary Catherine des Granches.

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