Available reels: 4
|Creator||France. Ministère de la Marine.|
|Title||France. Archives de la Marine. Fonds de la Marine : Série B1, Décisions|
MG 2 B 1
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
One of France's Secretaries of State under the ancien régime was entrusted with control of the French Navy (Secretary of State of the Navy in France). In 1791, this title was changed to Minister of the Navy. Before the 1890s, this position also usually had responsibility for France's colonies, and was usually known as Minister of the Navy and Colonies. The documents contained in the Fonds de la Marine were created or received by the Department of the Navy of France. They add to our knowledge of the French presence in the world as they document the naval operations, discovery and expansion of French overseas territories.
This collection is divided into two distinct parts: the first includes records of deliberations of the Navy Council and the second records the work of the king and the minister. It may include proceedings of the Council of Marine, 1715-1721, as well as summary reports of cases submitted to the deliberation of the Navy Board, who noted their comments and suggestions. The board assumed certain expenses of the Secretary of State for the Navy from 1715 until the majority of Louis XV in 1723.