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Samuel de Champlain
Detail from "Deffaite des Yroquois au Lac de Champlain," from Champlain's Voyages (1613). This is the only contemporary likeness of the explorer to survive to the present. It is also a self-portrait.[1]
Born between 1567 and 1580
(most probably near 1580)
Died December 25, 1635
Occupation navigator, cartographer, soldier, explorer, administrator and chronicler of New France
Known for exploration of New France, foundation of Quebec City, Canada, being called The Father of New France
Samuel de Champlain (signature).svg

Samuel de Champlain (c. 1567 – December 25, 1635), IPA: [samɥɛl də ʃɑ̃plɛ̃], was a French navigator, cartographer, draughtsman, soldier, explorer, geographer, ethnologist, diplomat and chronicler. He is called "The Father of New France". He founded Quebec City on July 3, 1608.

Lake Champlain is named in his honor.


  1. Fischer, p. 3