Jacques Cartier

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Jacques Cartier

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Saint-Malo, Bretagne, France
Death: September 1, 1557 (65-66)
Saint-Malo, Bretagne, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacques Jamet Cartier and Giseline Jansert
Husband of Marie-Catherine des Granches
Brother of Jeanne Cartier; L'Enfant Cartier; Lucas Cartier; Bertheline Cartier and Pierre Cartier
Half brother of Pierre Cartier and Charles Cartier

Occupation: Navigateur, explorateur; sailor, explorer, sea captain, master pilot, explorer of St. Lawrence R.
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About Jacques Cartier



  • About Saint-Malo: Do not add "Ille-et-Vilaine" to the location. Ille-et-Vilaine is a departement that was created only in 1790.
  • About date of birth: Jacques' actual date of birth has been an enduring controversy. Historians now agree that he was born between June7 and December 23, 1491. (Source: Le Jeune)
  • Jacques Cartier was commissioned by King Francis I of France to go to The New World. On June 24, 1534, Cartier (with three ships) landed in what is now Canada (the Gaspe Peninsula), planted a cross there, and claimed the land for France.
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Jacques Cartier's Timeline

June 7, 1491
Saint-Malo, Bretagne, France
September 1, 1557
Age 66
Saint-Malo, Bretagne, France