One Ocean, Two Continents, 1,000 Connections

Brittany and French America: the two things I am passionate about. Born and raised in France, a proud “Brittany girl” and have lived in Quebec and North-East USA which used to be part of New France, I started to get very interested in the early colonial history of this region a few years ago. This…

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Canoeing the King’s Waterways

I recently read a fascinating French book which I would recommend to anyone interested in early colonial history of the US, or should I say “French America”. The author: Jean Raspail, a renowned French writer, journalist and also explorer. The French title: “En Canot Sur les Chemins D’Eau Du Roi: Une Aventure En Amérique (Le…

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Newfoundland – “Terre aux Bretons”

I have to come to France to learn more about 15th century expeditions to North-America than I have while living in Canada or the US. I knew that Bretons and Basques (respectively people from Brittany, France and from the region between France and Spain) had been fishing and exploring the seawaters of Newfoundland and the…

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Saratoga-Stillwater Colonial Story

Come and join us this Thursday night at the Saratoga National Historical Park for an exciting presentation sponsored by the Old Saratoga Historical Association. The presentation will be at the Visitor Center at Saratoga National Historical Park, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Visitor Center is located at 648 Route 32 in Stillwater, NY. For directions,…

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French Settlers in Saratoga, NY

I just received this fascinating story from Christine Valosin, curator at the Saratoga National Historical Park. I couldn’t help but sharing it with everyone. Here is what she wrote to me: My colleague, Chris Martin, the park’s resource manager, and I, began to realize about a year ago that if we conducted any historical or…

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Celebrating Samuel de Champlain in 1908

Some days luck is on your side. It’s that simple! On this day of July 2009, I came across the most unexpected little treasure: an original newspaper from July 18, 1908, a Special Issue celebrating the 300th of the founding of Quebec City by Samuel de Champlain, with four pages dedicated to Champlain, Honfleur, Wolfe…

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Lake Champlain… French?

Are you surprised by the question? Well, actually Lake Champlain was part of New France for more than 150 years, from 1609 to 1759. But that part of its history tends to be forgotten. And it makes sense why. “Losers” are often forgotten in history, and definitely the presence of French people in this region…

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