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About the Project

Conceived in partnership with France’s national library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America /France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.

Through direct digital access to complete books, maps, prints, and other documents from the collections of the partner libraries, the project illuminates two major themes in the history of relations between France and the United States: the major role played by France in the exploration and settlement of the continent and its participation in several event which indelibly marked the history of the United States: the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Louisiana Purchase. The site will be completed in fall 2006 with a panorama of economic, scientific, literary and artistic exchanges between the two nations in the course of the 19th century.

About the Project

Conçu en partenariat avec la Bibliothèque nationale de France, La France en Amérique / France in America est une bibliothèque numérique bilingue de la Bibliothèque du Congrès. Elle explore l’histoire de la présence française en Amérique du Nord des premières décennies du XVIe siècle à la fin du XIXe siècle.

En donnant accès directement, sous forme numérique et dans leur intégralité, à de nombreux documents - textes imprimés, manuscrits, cartes, estampes, etc.- sélectionnés dans les collections des deux bibliothèques partenaires, ce programme éclaire deux aspects essentiels des relations entre la France et l’Amérique du Nord : le rôle majeur joué par la France dans l’exploration et la colonisation du continent, sa participation à plusieurs événements qui ont marqué durablement l’histoire des États-Unis dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle : la guerre de Sept Ans, la Révolution américaine et la cession de la Louisiane. Le site sera complété à l’automne 2006 par un panorama des échanges économiques, scientifiques, littéraires et artistiques entre les deux nations au cours du XIXe siècle.

The mission of the Library of Congress is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. The goal of the Library's National Digital Library Program is to offer broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents to contribute to education and lifelong learning. Digital collections from other institutions complement and enhance the Library's own resources.

The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of the past. These historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress and National Library of Brazil do not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers.

A missão da Biblioteca do Congresso é disponibilizar e tornar útil seus recursos para o povo e Congresso americanos, além de manter e preservar para futuras gerações um conjunto universal de conhecimento e criatividade. O objetivo do Programa de Biblioteca Nacional Digital é oferecer amplo acesso público a um vasto número de documentos históricos e culturais, contribuindo para a educação e aprendizado contínuos. As coleções digitais de outras instituições complementam e acrescentam os recursos da Biblioteca.

A Biblioteca do Congresso apresenta estes materiais como parte de um registro do passado. Estes documentos históricos refletem atitudes, perspectivas e crenças de outros tempos. A Biblioteca do Congresso e a Fundação Biblioteca Nacional não endossam as opiniões expressadas nesta coleção, a qual pode conter materiais ofensivos para alguns leitores


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