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It was in the year 1603 that Champlain first visited the shores of Canada, as the lieutenant of Aymar de Chastes, viceroy under Henry 1V.
Pierre de Chauvin had proposed to make a permanent settlement at Tadoussac, but Champlain was not in favour of this place, and, having cast anchor at the foot of Cape Diamond, he considered that the point of Quebec would be the most advantageous site for the future colony.
Founder of Quebec and Father of New France , born at Brouage, a village in the province of Saintonge, France, 1570, or according to the "Bibliographie Saintongeoise", 1567; died at Quebec, 25 December, 1635.
He was the son of Antoine Champlain, a mariner, and Marguerite Le Roy, and his early education was entrusted to the parish priest.
After crossing the ocean several times, however, he induced a few hardy settlers of sterling merit to seek their fortune on the banks of the St. Under the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye Quebec was restored to France, and Champlain again took up his residence in the fort, where he died, after having spent forty years of his life in the heroic endeavour to promote the religious and commercial interests of the land of his fathers in the New World.La Place Royale , the name given to the site by Champlain, is now in the heart of the commercial portion of the city of Montreal.The island opposite, now a popular summer resort, he named Sainte-Hélène, in honour of his wife.Laurence." Crossing Lake Ontario they penetrated the woods and passed over the River Chouagen or Oswego.This journey had occupied five weeks, and the expedition had endured many hardships before meeting the enemy.