Name: Mathurin DENYS
Given Name: Mathurin
Mathurin Denys is probably the brother of Jean Denys the first Denys ship captain to visit Ca nada.
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DENYS, JEAN, a captain from Honfleur in Normandy; made a fishing trip to the coasts of Americ a in 1506 with the pilot Gamard.
Denys is the first French sailor whose name is known to us after the expeditions to the New W orld made by unnamed Bretons as early as 1504. It is likely that he subsequently stopped ove r on occasion in Newfoundland, one of the ports of which bore the name ?Le H‚vre de Jean Deny s? (Jean Denys?s Harbour); called Rognoust by the Basques, its name has now become Renews. I t has been claimed that he made maps of the American coasts; indeed, a map entitled ?Mouth o f the St. Lawrence? is attributed to him. It can confidently be stated that this is a wrong a ttribution; the outline includes 17th-century names. Furthermore, French cartography had no t yet come into existence in Denys?s time.
Guillemine GIRARD b: 1490
- Mathurin Jr DENYS le Jeune b: 1520