Jacques Cartier left his main ships in a harbor close to Stadacona, and used his smallest ship to continue up-river and visit Hochelaga (now Montreal), where he arrived October 2, 1535.
In 1534, Jacques Cartier set sail under a commission from King Francis I of France, hoping to discover a western passage to the wealthy markets of Asia.
Jacques Cartier was born in 1491, in Saint-Malo, a port on the north coast of the duchy of Brittany which would later be incorporated into France, in 1532.
Jacques Cartier is referred to in the song "Looking for a Place to Happen" by the Canadian band, The Tragically Hip, on the album, Fully Completely.
Jacques Cartier set sail for a second voyage on May 13 of the following year, with three ships, 110 men, and the two native boys.
The site of their arrival has been confidently identified as the beginning of the Sainte-Marie Sault—where the Jacques Cartier Bridge now stands.
It wasn't until April of 1534 that King Francis of France funded his first solo expedition. Like his mentor Hudson, Cartier wanted to find a Northwest Passage to India and the Spice Islands, though his motivation was different.
Jacques Cartier, (born 1491, Saint-Malo, Brittany, France—died September 1, 1557, near Saint-Malo), French mariner, whose explorations of the Canadian coast and the St. Lawrence River (1534, 1535, 1541–42) laid the basis for later French claims to North America (see New France).Dec 27, 2017