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France in America

A partnership between the Library of Congress and the Bibliothèque nationale de France has produced this digital research 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." Presented in both French and English, the collection includes maps and many types of documents and images, such as travel narratives, missionary accounts, administrative reports, prints, and drawings. The site 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. An example of materials is "King's Daughters, Casket Girls, Prostitutes", an illustrated account of how, in an attempt to reduce the ratio of six male colonists of marriageable age to every European-born female in the royal province of Canada in the 1660s, Louis XIV subsidized the emigration of over 700 young women, mostly orphans raised at the General Hospital of Paris.
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