The French started exploring and claimin land in North America in 1524. They traveled to regions north of what had already been claimed by other nations. Starting from the St. Lawarence River, they moved westward and southward eventually claiming all the land west of the Ohio river and both sides of the Mississippi river all the way south to New Orleans.

France and Great Britian had been enemies for generations and that eminty carried over to the North America. French and British settlers moved closer and closer together with the influx of Europeans colonized the territories.

Events came to a head with the French and Indian War (Seven Year's War in Europe). In 1763 the British, colonists, and their Indian allies defeated the French, fur trappers, and their Indian allies.


Smithsonian: France in America

Maps of Pensylvania.com: Father Bonnecamp's 1745 Map of Celoron de Blainville's Ohio River Exploration

Wikipedia: Map of North America 1750

Ohio History Connection:

Blanchard, Rufus, The Discovery and Conquest of the Northwest(1880)

Hudson Bay Company Heritage: Life of a Voyageur
Scholastic Facts for Now: Fur Trade in North America
Ohio History Central: French & Indian War

Library of Congress: Travels in North-America, in the years 1780, 1781, and 1782 by Marquis de Chastellux, translated by an English gentlman

Hub Pages/Education.com: The "French 500" who came over to America in 1790

Google Books: Sibley, William B." The French 500 and other papers. [Galliopolis] 1901

Ohio History Central: French Ohioans

Akron University: American Association of Teacher of French: French Moments in Ohio History

Vintage News: Why is an American City Named After Marie Antionette