Available reels: 3
|Creator||France. Ministère de la Marine.|
|Title||France. Archives de la Marine. Fonds de la Marine : Série C1, Officiers militaires|
MG 2 C 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.
The documents in this collection are devoted to military officers; that is to say, the officers from the command corps. It includes letters written or received by the Minister, but also contains general lists, alphabetical tables and copies of statements of review of military officers of the Navy, summarizing their service.