|Birthday||December 31, 1491|
|Death Date||Sep 1, 1557 (at age 65)|
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.