Samuel de Champlain was born around 1567 in a town called Brouage,France.
There is very little known about his childhood. His father was Antoine Champlain and his mother was Marguerite Le Roy. His father was a sea captain and his uncle was a mariner. When Champlain was a young boy he would go with his father and his uncle on sea voyages. He was very educated and it is believed that he learned about navigation, drawing and map making at home.
Champlain joined the French army from 1594 and 1598. Then his first main voyage was from France to Spain with his uncle. Champlain had support from King Henry IV because he liked Champlain's detailed journals from the travels. The French King paid Champlain a small yearly income and sent him back to another voyage.
-To search for quicker route to Asia so they could trade directly
-To find a place for fur trading and settlement
-To find a place for the French colonists to settle
-To make a map of North America and teach to the Natives about Christian attitude