France. Fonds des Archives nationales: Série F15. Hospices et secours

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France. Archives nationales
France. Fonds des Archives nationales: Série F15. Hospices et secours
MG 3-IIF15
French Canada
Foreign relations
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Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Acadia was a colony of New France that consisted of parts of present-day eastern Quebec, the Maritime provinces, and Maine in the United States. The colony was established in 1605 at Port-Royal in current-day Nova Scotia and lasted officially until 1710 when much of the territory fell to the British. The remaining land would be conquered by the British over the course of the 18th century. Acadia is now referred to as regions of the former French colony in North America that are historically associated its lands, descendants and culture. Former residents and descendants are referred to as Acadians.
In 1756, the Seven Years' War broke out between France and England. Two French colonies in what was Acadia, Île Royale and Île Saint-Jean, fell in 1758. Being French subjects, their settlers were expelled and repatriated to France. More than 3,000 settlers were deported from Île Saint-Jean alone, half of them losing their lives by drowning or through disease.
This collection includes documentation on aid promised to the people of the former French possessions in North America repatriated to France and includes a lists of refugees indicating where they were from with their date of birth, date of arrival in France and occupation. There is also petitions, certificates, extracts from parish registers and other documents. These volumes deal primarily with relief promised under the decrees of February 21, 1791, and May 9, 1792.
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