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Jacques Cartier

1491 - 1557

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Jacques Cartier (UK: KAR-tee-ay, also US: KAR-tee-AY, kar-TYAY, French: [ʒak kaʁtje], Quebec French: [- kaʁt͡sje]; Breton: Jakez Karter; 31 December 1491 – 1 September 1557) was a French-Breton maritime explorer for France. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Cartier has received more than 2,367,272 page views. His biography is available in 139 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 136 in 2019). Jacques Cartier is the 22nd most popular explorer (down from 15th in 2019), the 161st most popular biography from France (down from 139th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Explorer.

Jacques Cartier was a French explorer who is most famous for discovering the St. Lawrence River and claiming Canada for France.

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Among explorers, Jacques Cartier ranks 22 out of 405Before him are Prince Henry the Navigator, Fridtjof Nansen, Erik the Red, Xuanzang, Jacques Cousteau, and Pedro Álvares Cabral. After him are Leif Erikson, Vitus Bering, Juan Sebastián Elcano, Thor Heyerdahl, Willem Barentsz, and Henry Morton Stanley.

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Among people born in 1491, Jacques Cartier ranks 3Before him are Henry VIII of England and Ignatius of Loyola. After him are Zhengde Emperor, Francesco Melzi, Martin Bucer, Lapu-Lapu, Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon, Nicolò da Ponte, Francisco de Sá de Miranda, and Teofilo Folengo. Among people deceased in 1557, Jacques Cartier ranks 1After him are Anne of Cleves, John III of Portugal, Pontormo, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Bona Sforza, Olaus Magnus, Mikael Agricola, Sebastian Cabot, Emperor Go-Nara, Lautaro, and Ferrante Gonzaga.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jacques Cartier ranks 161 out of 6,011Before him are Guy de Maupassant (1850), Jacques Cousteau (1910), Erik Satie (1866), Charles IX of France (1550), Charles Baudelaire (1821), and Francis II of France (1544). After him are Catherine Deneuve (1943), Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122), Charles the Bold (1433), Bernadette Soubirous (1844), Henry II of England (1133), and Louis Daguerre (1787).

Among EXPLORERS In France

Among explorers born in France, Jacques Cartier ranks 2Before him are Jacques Cousteau (1910). After him are Pytheas (-380), Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729), Samuel de Champlain (1567), Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse (1741), Jules Dumont d'Urville (1790), Jeanne Baret (1740), Charles Marie de La Condamine (1701), Jean de Béthencourt (1362), René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643), and Jean Chardin (1643).