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Jacques Cartier
Canada-France Joint Issue and Related Issues

Canada-France Joint Issue on First Day Cover
First Day Cover for the Canada-France Joint Issue postmarked
in Quebec, Canada and St. Malo, France on, April 20, 1984.


The text of the Canada Post souvenir card commemorating this Canada-France joint issue follows:

On the advice of the great Admiral Philippe de Chabot, King Francis I of France chose the 43-year-old sea captain Jacques Cartier, an experienced navigator from St-Malo who was already familiar with the waters off the Newfoundland and Labrador coasts, to seek a sea route to the Orient.

Cartier weighed anchor at St-Malo on April 20, 1534, and sailed westward aboard one of two ships that reached Gaspe on July 24. There he erected a cross thirty feet high (seen on the stamp to the left of Cartier's portrait) and formally claimed the land that was to become Canada

(The name ''Canada" is thought to be derived from an Indian term for "village".)

Cartier returned to St-Malo in September of the same year, and the following March undertook a second voyage to the New World. This time he discovered a great river, which he named the St. Lawrence, and sailed upstream as far as an Indian village, the future site of Montreal. He then spent the winter not far from the present site of Quebec City.

After a third voyage in May of 1541, the great "commander and master pilot" Jacques Cartier returned to St-Malo and lived peacefully at nearby Limoelou in his manor (also depicted on the stamp) until his death in 1557.

Enlargement of French Commemorative
The French commemorative englarged.

French Definitive of 1938 depicting St. Malo
French Definitive of 1938 depicting St. Malo, Cartier's home port.

Cartier weighed anchor at St-Malo on April 20, 1534, and sailed westward aboard one of two ships that reached Gaspe on July 24.

French Jacques Cartier Commemorative of 1934
On July 18, 1934 France issued these stamps commemorating
the 400th anniversary of Cartier's first voyage to Canada.

Canadian Jacques Cartier Commemorative of 1934
On July 1, 1934 Canada issued this stamp commemorating the
400th anniversary of Cartier's first voyage to Canada. The design
is based on an 1866 engraving by the British American Bank
Note Company for use on bank notes and certicates of value.

Manoir de Jacques Cartier Slogan Cancel
Manoir de Jacques Cartier Slogan Cancellation


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