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Who discovered the St Lawrence River?

Who discovered the St Lawrence River?The first French explorer in the New World was Jacques Cartier. On 20 April 1534 he sailed westwards with two ships, seeking a short route to the Indies. Having reached Newfoundland, he waited until the winter ice had cleared, and then sailed through a strait and explored a great bay, claiming the territory in the name of France. On a second journey Cartier returned to the bay on 10 August – the feast of St Lawrence – and named it after the saint. He then explored the river beyond, and before returning to France named it, too, after St Lawrence.

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