French explorer Samuel de Champlain used a number of ships to explore and sail between France and North America, including the Don de Dieu, translated as "Gift of God." He also used the St. Julien, which was inherited from his uncle.
During the course of his exploration, de Champlain discovered and founded the city of Quebec and helped colonize French North America. He sailed to Canada in 1603 to explore the St. Lawrence River by directive of the King of France, and he became one of the first explorers to write about Niagara Falls. Because of his discovery, de Champlain is often referred to as the "Father of New France."