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Landing of Jacques Cartier 1534

Robert McCausland, Toronto

circa 1928

In 1534, Jacques Cartier was commissioned by King Francois I to sail from Saint-Malo heading west to discover a passage way to Asia. During that expedition he explored the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence and encountered Natives. In June of 1534 he planted a cross on the Gaspe peninsula and claimed it for France.