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Lachine Rapids, St. Lawrence River
The impassable Lachine rapids on the St. Lawrence River

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Jacques Cartier Sailed Up the St. Lawrence River
June 9, 1534

Two years later, Cartier returned from France, bringing Taignoagny and Domagaya with him. North of Montreal, his ship arrived at the Lachine Rapids, which were so big that he and his crew could not pass through. Cartier realized he could sail no further.

Cartier's voyages to eastern Canada helped other explorers who would establish French-speaking Canada. Have you ever been to Montreal or Quebec? Did you know that the main language spoken there is still French?

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