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[Detail] Vue de Quebec, capitale du Canada. 1755.


Collection Overview

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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Historical Eras

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

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