France. Fonds des Archives nationales. Sous-série G5. Amirauté et Conseil des prises

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France. Archives nationales.
France. Fonds des Archives nationales. Sous-série G5. Amirauté et Conseil des prises
MG 3 IG 5
French Canada
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Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
The Archives nationales (French for "National Archives") preserve the national archives of the French state, apart from the archives of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as these two ministries have their own archive services. The Archives nationales were created at the time of the French Revolution in 1790, but it was a state decree of 1794 that made it mandatory to centralize all the pre-French Revolution private and public archives seized by the revolutionaries, completed by a law passed in 1796 which created departmental archives of France to alleviate the burden on the Archives nationales in Paris, thus creating the collections of the Archives nationales as we know them today.
Documents stored in this collection are not from the actual Admiralty of France nor those of the Prize paper archives, but are those retained until the French Revolution by the last Admiral of France, Louis- Jean- Marie de Bourbon, Duke of Penthièvre. The following two groups of materials were transcribed; extracts generally follow a chronological order. Trésorerie de l'Amiral de France, 1690-1740; colonial admiralty: documents relating to Noël de Lespine-Danican, Jean-Chrysostome Loppinot and Jean Basset, 1696-1713; accounting recipients, 1690; accounts of the treasurer of the Admiral for the cod fishery, admiralty revenues for Quebec and Louisbourg, 1706-1740. A council, chaired by Admiral of France, had duties including advising the king of the preparation of orders, passing regulations, monitoring officers of the admiralty and judging maritime outlets. Deliberations and judgments of that council and some colonial admiralty procedures have been copied into this collection.