Samuel de Champlain

16/17th-century French explorer of North America

Sam '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.

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.[1]
Bornbetween 1567 and 1580
(most probably near 1580)
DiedDecember 25, 1635
Occupation(s)navigator, 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

In 1609 he came to Lake Champlain, which is named for him.[2] He married Hélène Boules when he was 43 and she was 12.[3] Their marriage contract required them to wait two years until she had reached the age of consent before the marriage could be consummated.[3] he was born between 1567 and 1580. He died on December 25 1635.He also was the creator of cheese due to him leaving the milk on his ship out for to long so the fat condensed into cheese


  1. David Hackett Fischer, Champlain's Dream (Toronto: Vintage Canada; New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009), p. 3 ISBN 978-1-4165-9332-4
  2. Kenneth Pletcher, The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Explorations That Changed the Modern World (New York: Britannica Educational Publishing, Rosen Educational Services, 2010), p. 109
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Boullé, Hélène". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. University of Toronto. Retrieved November 21, 2016.