Ship model, Jacques Cartier's "La Grande Hermine" - ROM2006_6311_1


Ship model, Jacques Cartier's "La Grande Hermine"

Maker: Unidentified maker
Medium:Wood, string, wire and paper
Geography: France
Date: early 20th century
65.0 (height) x 60.0 (width) x 33.0 (depth) cm
Object number: 958.101.1
Credit Line: Gift of the Sigmund Samuel Endowment Fund
Not on view

On behalf of François I of France, Jacques Cartier (1491-1557) undertook three voyages of exploration to the New World in search of a northwest passage to Asia. La Grand Hermine was the ship used during Cartier’s second voyage in 1535-1536, when he explored the St. Lawrence River as far as present-day Montreal. His voyages were the foundation of France’s claim to Canada.

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