Maisonneuve Monument, Place d'Armes, Montreal, QC, about 1896 from the McCord Museum.

Maisonneuve Monument, Place d'Armes, Montreal, QC, about 1896 from the McCord Museum.

Robert Cavelier de La Salle, an early French explorer of Eastern Canada and Eastern United States, especially along the Mississippi River. In the US history books, he is considered "the greatest of the French explorers in North America"

Robert Cavelier de La Salle, an early French explorer of Eastern Canada and Eastern United States, especially along the Mississippi River. In the US history books, he is considered "the greatest of the French explorers in North America"

Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac - a French explorer - In 1701, he founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, the beginnings of modern Detroit, which he commanded until 1710.

Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac - a French explorer - In he founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, the beginnings of modern Detroit, which he commanded until

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye (November 17, 1685 – December 5, 1749) was a French Canadian military officer, fur trader and explorer. In the 1730s he and his four sons opened up the area west of Lake Superior and thus began the process that added Western Canada to the original New France in the Saint Lawrence basin. He was also the first European to reach North Dakota and the upper Missouri River, cross the prairies and see the Rocky Mountains.

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye (November 17, 1685 – December 5, 1749) was a French Canadian military officer, fur trader and explorer. In the 1730s he and his four sons opened up the area west of Lake Superior and thus began the process that added Western Canada to the original New France in the Saint Lawrence basin. He was also the first European to reach North Dakota and the upper Missouri River, cross the prairies and see the Rocky Mountains.

Father Jacques Marquette S.J. (June 1, 1637 – May 18, 1675), sometimes known as Père Marquette or James Marquette, was a French Jesuit missionary who founded Michigan's first European settlement, Sault Ste. Marie, and later founded St. Ignace, Michigan. In 1673 Father Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first Europeans to see and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River.

Jacques Marquette was a Jesuit missionary who explored the northern Mississippi River in conjunction with Joliet. He established Sault Ste Marie in Michigan.

1st colonial empire: the Nouvelle France at its greatest extent, in 1712 [2000x2000]

colonial empire: the Nouvelle France at its greatest extent, in 1712

Jacques Cartier (December 31, 1491 – September 1, 1557) was a French explorer of Breton origin who claimed what is now Canada for France.[1][2][3][4] He was the first European to describe and map[5] the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, which he named "The Country of Canadas", after the Iroquois names for the two big settlements he saw at Stadacona (Quebec City) and at Hochelaga (Montreal Island).

He is Jacques Cartier. I learned in cultural study. He was French explorer. he voyages to Newfoundland and he discovered saint Lawrence river,which he named "The Country of Canadas"Also, he hoped to discover the North west passage.

Jean Nicollet 1634.  Tout le territoire montré, ici, faisait partie de la NOUVELLE-FRANCE de 1608 à 1763.   C'est par le Traité de Paris que la France a cédé les territoires à l'Angleterre. http://www.museedelhistoire.ca/musee-virtuel-de-la-nouvelle-france/les-explorateurs/jean-nicollet-1634/

Jean Nicollet 1634. Tout le territoire montré, ici, faisait partie de la NOUVELLE-FRANCE de 1608 à 1763. C'est par le Traité de Paris que la France a cédé les territoires à l'Angleterre. http://www.museedelhistoire.ca/musee-virtuel-de-la-nouvelle-france/les-explorateurs/jean-nicollet-1634/

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye (1685-1749), outside the National Assembly in Québec City. A French Canadian military officer, fur trader and explorer, Gaultier and his four sons opened up the area west of Lake Superior. He was the first European to reach North Dakota and the upper Missouri River.

1738 – Pierre la Vérendrye left Lake of the Woods to explore the West, and founded Portage La Prairie.

Étienne Brûlé at the mouth of the Humber, F. S. Challener, Étienne Brûlé was the first of European French explorers to journey along the St. Lawrence River with the Native Americans and to view Georgian Bay and Lake Huron in the 17th century.

Étienne Brûlé at the mouth of the Humber, F. Challener, Étienne Brûlé was the first of European French explorers to journey along the St. Lawrence River with the Native Americans and to view Georgian Bay and Lake Huron in the century.

French explorations in the west 1673-1743

Mapping the Nation: History & Cartography in Century America" by Susan Schulten: French Explorations in the West, This map adopted techniques used almost a century earlier by Johann Kohl to represent the stages of discovery through the use of color.

Monuments de Louis Jolliet sur la rue du Quartier le Petit Champlain, à Québec.  Louis Joliet, explorateur de la Nouvelle-France.  Ses découvertes en Amérique du Nord vec ;e Jésuite Français de Laon, le Père Jacques Marquette ont été les premiers non - amérinciens à explorer et réaliser la cartographie de la Rivière Mississipi en 1673

Monuments de Louis Jolliet sur la rue du Quartier le Petit Champlain, à Québec. Louis Joliet, explorateur de la Nouvelle-France. Ses découvertes en Amérique du Nord vec ;e Jésuite Français de Laon, le Père Jacques Marquette ont été les premiers non - amérinciens à explorer et réaliser la cartographie de la Rivière Mississipi en 1673

This stained glass window depicting LaSalle, a French explorer, greets visitors as they enter the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in Detroit. The window was taken from the smoking lounge of the early 20th century Great Lakes cruise ship S.S. City of Detroit III. Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan 2010

Dossin Great Lakes Museum

This stained glass window depicting LaSalle, a French explorer, greets visitors…

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