France in America is a collaborative project between the Library of Congress and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France’s national library. This collection, which is presented in both English and French, documents the presence of the French in the United States from the beginning of the 16th century until the end of the 19th century. Included in the presentation are discussions of French exploration of the United States and Canada, the French and Indian War, the American Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase.
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These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.
- Exploration and Knowledge
- The Colonies
- Franco-Indian Alliances
- Imperial Struggles
- The French and North America After the Treaty of Paris
- France in America: A Chronology
- Descriptive Maps
- Cartographical Access (Note: This is only available through the Bibliothèque nationale de France version of the site)
- Chronology (Note: This is only available through the Bibliothèque nationale de France version of the site)
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection, although they may not be ll-encompassing.
- Period of Exploration, 1492-1763
- Global Expansion and Encounter, 1450-1770
- An Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914
- Colonial Settlement, 1492-1763
- The American Revolution, 1763-1783
- The New Nation, 1780-1815
- Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
Related Collections and Exhibits
- Map Collections
- The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
- The American Revolution and its Era: : Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789
- The Rochambeau Map Collection
- American Notes: Travels in America
- A Century of Lawmaking
- Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France
- Rivers, Edens and Empires: Lewis and Clark and the Revealing of America
Recommended additional sources of information.
Specific guidance for searching this collection.
You may search the collection using the descriptive information for collection items, the interpretive text or the full texts of items found within the collection. All search options can be found at http://international.loc.gov/intldl/ascfrbibquery.html. A site map of the collection can be found at http://international.loc.gov/intldl/fiahtml/fiasitemap.html#track1.