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        Explorers: North America's Great Waters | Google Earth Voyager Stories

        During the seventeenth century, four French explorers plied North America’s great waterways to chart and traverse the center of the continent. The explorations of Samuel de Champlain, Jacques Marquette, Louis Jolliet, and Renee de LaSalle linked together the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River, opening the interior of North America to European settlement and trade. Retrace the expeditions that changed our understanding of the continent in this interactive Google Earth Voyager story.

        Learn more about the lives and journeys of some of history's greatest explorers with our PBS World Explorers collection.

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