Available reels: 8
|Creator||France. Ministère de la Marine.|
|Title||France. Archives de la Marine. Fonds de la Marine : Série B3, Lettres reçues|
MG 2 B 3
Business and commerce
|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 contains letters, memoranda and attachments sent to the Secretary of State of the Navy primarily by ministers, colleagues, officials, officers serving in ports or at sea, municipal and provincial authorities, shipowners, suppliers, clergy and chambers of commerce. There are states of revenue and expenditure, deeds, lists of officers, soldiers and sailors, lists of vessels, petitions of merchants and workers in maritime cities, statements from commanders of ships, the state of equipment and supplies, and minutes of meetings of municipal councils or chambers of commerce. Arranged chronologically and by name in corresponding order, this documentation relates in particular trade with the colonies; supplies; the armament of vessels; sending troops, workers, settlers, goods and ammunition to the colonies; the recruitment of sailors, plugs, desertions, fishing in Newfoundland and the Atlantic coast, pay, promotions and leave officers.