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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
JUNE - JULY 2009/VOLUME 12/NUMBER 3
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COMMEMORATIVE MAP
OF JACQUES CARTIER’S FIRST VOYAGE
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To signal the 475th anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s arrival on the Gaspé Peninsula in 1534, Fisheries and Oceans Canada have created a commemorative map illustrating the route of the French explorer’s first voyage to America.

Jacques Cartier, discoverer of New France, sailed along the Gaspé coast from the mouth of the Restigouche River to the tip of Forillon, by way of Gaspé where he erected a cross on behalf of Francis I, King of France. The map not only shows the places visited by the crew, it also relates their encounters with members of the First Nations and a few anecdotes about the voyage. It contains some of Cartier’s original writings and shows the place names as Cartier recorded them in his journal. 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has also contributed to the commemorative activities by donating the map to the Corporation des Fêtes, which will use it as a calling card throughout the 2009 festivities. The map will also be given to libraries and schools on the Gaspé Peninsula to be used as a most interesting document for teaching history.

This map is the result of a joint effort by the Canadian Hydrographic Service, the Gaspe – Lower St. Lawrence Area Office (Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region) and the Musée de la Gaspésie in Gaspé.


Vincent Malouin
Gaspe – Lower St. Lawrence Area