Jacques Cartier was a French explorer who was asked by the king of France to explore the New World and to found a colony. Cartier, seeking adventure, readily agreed.
He set out with two ships and sixty-one men. They crossed the Atlantic and reached land on the far side, only to discover that it was Vineland* (Canada). They stayed there and discovered the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Prince Henry Island. Then they returned to France and stayed there for two or three years while they made plans for another expedition. (more…)