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  French Empire timeline
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French explorer Jacques Cartier charts the Gulf of St Lawrence and, in 1525, explores up the river as far as Montreal       
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Cartier, welcomed by the Huron Indians, gives their island in the St Lawrence river the name of Montreal        
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Quebec is founded by Samuel de Champlain as a centre for the French fur trade       
c. 1630
Rival Dutch, English and French colonies are established in Guiana, the northeast coast of south America      
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The French build a trading station on the estuary of the Senegal river in west Africa     
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Louis XIV grants New France the status of a royal province and greatly increases the flow of colonists to north America