of 1617, says,—Francis I.
sent thither James Breton.
This person can be no other than James Cartier, a Breton. entered the
Chap. I.} 1534. Sept. 5. harbor of St. Malo in security.
His native city and France were filled with the tidings of his discoveries.
The voyage had been easy and successful.
Even at this day, the passage to and fro is not often made more rapidly or more safely.
Could a gallant nation, which was then ready to contend for power and honor with the united force of Austria and Spain, hesitate to pursue the career of discovery, so prosperously opened?
The court listened
1534. to the urgency of the friends of Cartier;
Charlevoix, N. F. i. 9. a new commission was issued; three well-furnished ships were provided by the king; and some of the young nobility of France volunteered to join the new expedition.
Solemn preparations were made for departure; religion prepared a splendid pageant, previous to the embarkation; the whole company, repairing to the cathedr