Samuel de Champlain's Path

Champlain's Path to Quebec City

While Henry Hudson was making his abortive journey into Hudson Bay, Samuel de Champlain was seeking a base for the French on the St. Lawrence River. Champlain followed the same route navigated by Jacques Cartier seventy years earlier.

Then, Champlain pushed inland to the powerful Huron nation with whom he hoped to establish trading relations. Champlain spent the winter with the Huron.

Soon French traders and Jesuit missionaries settled among the Huron and developed interlocking trading networks with them. In no time, great fleets of Huron canoes came to the new French trading posts carrying a fortune in furs.

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