Champlain, Samuel de. A French naval officer of the 17th century. During the reign of Henry IV of France, he visited many parts of America, and formed the first French establishments at Quebec and Montreal. Champlain was made governor of Quebec, from which he was driven by the English in 1631. When peace was restored, he was reinstated. He wrote an account of his "Voyages and Travels in New France, Called Canada," in 1632. Died in 1635.