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Almost 400 years ago, France created its first permanent settlement in what would later become Canada. In doing so, the French embarked on a pattern of discovery and extended settlement that would continue until Britain eventually took control of the region in the late 18th century. Designed to celebrate and explore this rich history, this site was created by the Library and Archives Canada and the Direction des Archives de France in order to bring together over one million digitized images of documents, maps, plans, and other visual material related to this long period of French involvement in this part of North America. Here visitors can view a virtual exhibition, browse a list of other institutional links, and last (but certainly not least) search the massive database. The database is quite user-friendly, as visitors can elect to search by year (or time period), institutional location of document, or collection. For example, typing in Montreal returns 2900 documents alone, including numerous maps, government correspondence, and a number of city plans. The SVG Viewer plug-in allows users to zoom in, rotate, and manipulate documents in a number of ways, and is a welcome addition to this already remarkable online resource.
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