French explorer of Breton descent who claimed Canada for France and was the 1st European to endeavor inland in the us. He wedded a member of the prestigious French family members in 1520 to boost his social position. He was the 1st Western to depict and graph the Gulf of Saint Lawrence as well as the coasts from the Saint Lawrence River. He wedded Mary Catherine des Granches. He, unlike Christopher Columbus, journeyed inland after arriving in THE UNITED STATES.