Port Royal’s Beginnings
Acadia was discovered by French explorers. Jean Cartier was the first to formally explore the land that would become Acadia but Samuel de Champlain was the first to bring with him French settlers in 1605, making Acadia the second permanent European settlement in present-day Canada. Champlain’s group first settled along the banks of __________ River in 1604 but suffered in a hard winter, losing many of the settlers to scurvy. Champlain moved the settlement to Port Royal the following spring, and the settlement began to grow, forming alliances with the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet Aboriginal groups. The Acadians worked hard at clearing the marshlands, and this allowed them fertile ground t...
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