French Empire

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French Huguenot colony

1564

A French Huguenot colony was briefly established in the New World at Fort Caroline (now Jacksonville, FL)

French settlement

1605

French settlement of Port Royal is established in Acacia (now Nova Scotia)

Samuel de Champlain

1608

Samuel de Champlain founds Quebec City, the future capital of New France

French Guiana

1624

French begin to settle French Guiana

East India Company

1664

French East India Company is established

Robert Cavelier de La Salle

1682

Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle names Louisiana in honor of French king

Saint Domingue

1697

France takes possession of Saint Domingue from Spain

Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville

1699

Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville establishes a permanent settlement in Louisiana

French and Indian War

1756

France opposes Great Britain in North America's French and Indian War

The Seven Years' War

1756

The Seven Years' War between France and Great Britain begins

The Treaty of Paris

1763

The Treaty of Paris divides France's North American holdings between Britain and Spain (Ends the seven year war)