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Samuel de Champlain
Detail from "Deffaite des Yroquois au Lac de Champlain," from Champlain's Voyages (1613). This is the only contemporary likeness of the explorer to survive to the present. It is also a self-portrait.
Bornbetween 1567 and 1580
(most probably near 1580)
DiedDecember 25, 1635
Occupationnavigator, cartographer, soldier, explorer, sailor, administrator and chronicler of New France
Known forexploration of New France, foundation of Quebec City, Canada, being called The Father of New France
Samuel de Champlain (signature).svg

Samuel 'Hunterry' de Champlain (c. 1567 – 25 December 1635) was a French navigator, cartographer, draughtsman, soldier, explorer, geographer, ethnologist, diplomat, and chronicler. He is called "The Father of New France". He founded Quebec City on July 3, 1608. In 1609 he came to Lake Champlain, which is named for him. He married Hélène Boullé when he was 43 and she was 12. Their marriage contract required them to wait two years until she had reached the age of consent before the marriage could be consummated. view more...