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Samuel de Champlain (died in 1635)

Samuel de Champlain

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted October, 2009

Samuel de Champlain

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
At the statue of Champlain in Major's Hill Park
on the north side of Alexandra Bridge

Coordinates: N 45 25.763 W 75 42.088


Plaque Text

The "Father of New France", Champlain was at the heart of the French venture in North America from 1603 to 1635. Under the leadership of Pierre Dugua de Mons, he helped colonize Acadia and, in 1608, founded a settlement at Québec that became the centre of the colony. He formed important alliances with Aboriginal peoples and expanded the French sphere of influence, travelling up the Ottawa River and as far west as the Great Lakes. Champlain explored and mapped large areas of the continent, and in his travel journals left an invaluable record of his era for future generations.

Related Ontario plaques
Champlain in Ontario, 1615
Champlain's Journey of 1613
Champlain's Astrolabe
Champlain's War Party, 1615
Gateway to Huronia

Related Toronto plaque
Samuel de Champlain's Journeys Through Ontario



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