FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2022-104 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 9, 2022) – In Issue 2022-104 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we meet a French explorer on a river cruise to Canada.

WHY MANY CANADIANS SPEAK FRENCH 

On June 9, 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier became the first European to enter the St. Lawrence River and its surrounding bay area.  His subsequent voyages to the area lay claim to the territory for France.

Cartier was the first to describe and map what was hoped to be a new northern pathway to Asia. Although Asia was not within reach, he did make it upriver as far as present-day Montreal. 

His transactions with the Amerindians, whom he consulted as guides, are considered to be the first trade act between the natives and the French.

Cartier is also credited with naming Canada, although for him it was only the area of Quebec.  He used the Huron-Iroquois word for village or settlement, Kanata.

From another Frenchman’s, Bellin, here is a map of much of the St. Lawrence River, issued in 1757.

St. Lawrence River, – 1757 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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