French Settlers

September 13, 2013 at 9:42 am 4 comments

As large expeditions to the New Land were beginning, in large part by the British and French, the explorers were founding Settlements as they went. For France, the majority of her settlements were found in the extreme northern areas of North America, including Canada, The Great Lakes regions, and the Mississippi Valley. This made up what was known as “New France”.

The Geographical origins of these settlements still have strong influence on modern culture, which can be seen especially in cities like New Orleans, Louisiana. Louisiana, originally claimed by Robert Cavelier de la Salle in 1682, was named in respect to King Louis XIV. Thus, many aspects of Louisiana, such as religious preference, language and tradition still to this day pay homage to it’s French beginnings.


For both states like Louisiana, and also a vast majority of Canada, French origins are easily seen in names of cities, bodies of water and geographical formations.




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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ieramos  |  September 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

    It seems that every state or country that was founded by Spain or France or etc. they have left there mark or influence on each place.

  • 2. vebramos  |  September 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    France seemed to have a lot of trouble when first starting out in the new world, due to probably so many extensive laws that they placed on there colonies.

  • 3. monguinhandel  |  September 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    What is an example of the religious preference in Louisiana

    • 4. sgopher  |  September 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      @monguinhandel I’m not so sure as to religious preference… but Traditional preference can easily be seen. Large-scale events such as mardi gras have very deep French roots.


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