A standard spelling had possibly not yet been adopted.
What are the chances of finding another baptismal certificate dating from this era where the names are identical to those we find in other historical documents? However, even though the family names of Chapeleau and Champlain are similar, this small difference — understandable as it may be — cautions us not to jump to conclusions.
Samuel de Champlain (sometimes called Samuel Champlain in English documents) was born at Brouage, in the Saintonge province of Western France, about 1570.
He wrote in 1613 that he acquired an interest “from a very young age in the art of navigation, along with a love of the high seas.” He was not yet twenty when he made his first voyage, to Spain and from there to the West Indies and South America.
Champlain’s mission was clear; it was to explore the country called New France, examine its waterways and then choose a site for a large trading factory.On this basis, several historians have deduced that Champlain must have been born around 1570.These are the few facts that history reveals, leaving room for all sorts of hypotheses about Champlain’s date of birth.He visited Porto Rico (now Puerto Rico,) Mexico, Colombia, the Bermudas and Panama. He was an indefatigable explorer – and an assistant to other explorers – in the quest for an overland route across America to the Pacific, and onwards to the riches of the Orient.[“Concerning the Primitives: Or Travels of Samuel Champlain of Brouages, Made in New France in the Year 1603”], Samuel de Champlain indicated that he was a native of Brouage in the Saintonge region of France.Louis (the Lachine Rapids) still seemed impassable.However, Champlain learned from his guides that above the rapids there were three great lakes (Erie, Huron and Ontario) to be explored.In his opinion, nowhere else was so suitable for the fur trade and as a starting point from which to search for the elusive route to China.During this third voyage he learned of the existence of Lac Saint Jean (Lake St.However, by the time he undertook his voyages of discovery and exploration to Canada, he had definitely converted to Catholicism.The marriage contract between Samuel de Champlain and Hélène Boullé, dated 1610, shows that he was the son of the then-deceased sea captain, Anthoine de Champlain, and Marguerite Le Roy.