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March 2006

France in America
A site from the Library of Congress and the Bibliothque Nationale.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12


France in America is a "digital library that tells the story of the French presence in America and the interactions between the French and American peoples from the early 16th to the late 19th centuries." The site was produced by the Library of Congress in partnership with the Bibliothque nationale de France.
This well designed site is presented in both English and French. A top menu bar leads users to the main areas of the site. Content is organized into themes and collections. Each of these internal areas has a left side navigation menu. A handy site map and an advanced search tool are also available.

The materials and information at this site are a rich resource for students, teachers, or researchers. The collections of digitized manuscripts, books and other printed material and maps relate to the interactions between the United States and France over four centuries. The content is organized into several themes: Exploration and Knowledge; The Colonies; Franco-Indian Alliances; Imperial Struggles; The French and North America after the Treaty of Paris (1763-1803); and France in America: Chronology. Within the themes, primary documents are used to explore the "role played by France in the exploration and settlement of North America and in such formative events in the history of the United States as the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Louisiana Purchase." Included is a "Descriptive Maps" section that includes maps showing the main Indian groups of various areas, imperial context and political boundaries.



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