Discoveries travels (1524-1535)
Under Francis the first
- He contest the subdivision of the New World made
by the Pope in 1493
- He gave the conversion of Indians for motive
- All the commissions gave by the King will mention
the establishment of Christian faith and not
- The first voyage of Jacques Cartier is an
initiative of a Huguenot: Philippe de Chabot
- Discoveries travels (1524-1535)
- In 1493, the Pope proclaim by the Tordesillas
treaty that the New-World will be separate between Spain
and Portugal. France at that time was more interested in
the Mediterranean trade and did not contest that treaty.
Francis the first, will understand that he must find a
more direct root to Orient to compete with Spain. He
therefore contest the treaty, asking the Pope to show him
the article in Adams will on the division of the
New-World. To coax the Pope, he will say that is motive
is the conversion of the Indians.
- It is interesting to note that all the commissions given
by the king from 1524 to 1588 will not explicitly mention
the establishment of Catholic faith but will speak of
- A first voyage will be done by Verrazano in 1524. He will
explore the east coast of America form Maine to Virginia.
- What is more interesting for our subject is that the
first travel of Jacques Cartier in 1534 will be the
initiative of a Huguenot: Philippe de Chabot. He is
governor of Burgundy and Normandy, great admiral of
France and a friend of the King. He will use is influence
to convince the King for an expedition to the New-World.
He will ask Jacques Cartier to be the chief of that