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Welcome to Electronic New France, where all the best websites pertaining to French colonial America are gathered.
This site has been designed for scholars and amateurs alike, whether you’re looking for a list of archives containing treasures from New France or looking for inspiration for the next costume you’ll be wearing at the New France Festival in Québec city!


Q: Are all these websites in English?
A: No. As much as we’ve tried to display the English versions of these websites, some are only available in French. However, links with English content despite a French title will be marked as such.

Q: Are these lists exhaustive?
A: No. Or at least, not for now. We concentrated on digging up the most important links. Since we also concentrate on finding archive sites, we haven’t had as much time dedicated to finding, for example, reenactment club sites or heritage sites. However, many of our links contain their own link pages highlighting many sites we haven’t gone around to adding here yet.

Q: Why is this site called “Electronic New France”?
A: The title is an hommage to the “Electronic Beowulf” project by the British Library which consisted of scanning of the oldest Anglo-Saxon text ever to make it readily available worldwide.

Q: How are your links organized?
A: They are organized by theme, then alphabetically. Please keep in mind however that to simplify matters, we have organized these links according to what category suits them best. Some could, in reality, be applied in more than one category (for example: we've placed the Québec Citadelle under "National Parks", despite its nifty museum which could have put it also under "Museums").

Q: Is this site associated to any institution?
A: No. This site has been conceived by two individuals: Joseph Gagné, a post-grad history student at Université Laval, and David St-Martin, a computer programmer.

Q: I know a good website not shown here. Can I suggest it?
A: Sure can! Just look up our “Contact Us” section.

Q: I can’t seem to have access to certain sites’ content and databases. Do they require a fee?
A: Yes. Unfotunately, some sites (like the Programme de recherche en Démographie Historique [PRDH] website) require users to pay a fee. However, these sites are often available through certain university networks and archive centres. If you’re a university professor or student, you might want to check with your school if they also offer off-campus access to their network.

Q: Is this the final version of your site?
A: Made in January 2011, this is, as you might call it, a 1.0 version of our Nova Francia Electronica project (the original name we were to give to this site). We hope to constantly make this site better, maybe adding later on brief descriptions of each site for academic purposes and maybe, eventually, a “Top 10” list of our favourite links. It will all depend on how much free time we have in the future.

Last update: Sept 4th, 2015