Books about France, the French and French-speaking people in the Southwest – California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and beyond – the Santa Fe Trail and other emigrant and traders trails, and in northern Mexico

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Biographies and memoirs

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The links to book titles below bring you to Amazon most of the times. This is for convenience, and I encourage you to also look for books from various sources. For older books, this often leads to original editions instead of reprints, and to free downloads of the originals. I have also included free dowloads to public-domain books.

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Chalmers, Claudine. Chronicling the West for Harpers. University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.

John, Elizabeth A.H. Storms Brewed in Other Men’s Worlds – The Confrontation of Indians, Spanish, and French in the Southwest, 1540-1795. Texas A&M University Press, 1975.

Folmer, Henry. Franco-Spanish Rivalry in North America, 1524-1763. Glendale, California: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1953.

Weddle, Robert S. The French Thorn: Rival Explorers in the Spanish Sea, 1682–1762. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 1991.

Pasquier, Michael. Fathers on the Frontier, French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
(The cover page shows the Fathers in Santa Fe)


Bolton, Herbert E. French Intrusions into New Mexico. University of California, 1917. Digitized by Microsoft. For non-commercial use, OPEN HERE

De Fouri, James H. Historical Sketch of the Catholic Church in New Mexico. San Francisco, 1887. Digitized by Microsoft. For non-commercial use, DOWNLOAD FROM HERE  This will make you leave this site.

Ghattas, Monika. Los Arabes of New Mexico: Compadres from a Distant LandSunstone Press. 2012.
(Most of “Los Arabes” were from Mount Lebanon and spoke French)

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Chalmers, Claudine. Splendide Californie! Impressions of the Golden State by French Artists, 1786 to 1900. San Francisco, 2001.

Chalmers, Claudine. French San Francisco. Arcadia Publishing, 2007.

Nasatir, Abraham P. French Activities in California: an Archival Calendar-GuideStanford University Press, 1945.

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Bruseth, James E., and Turner S., Toni. From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle’s Shipreck, La Belle. Texas Historical Commission, 2005.
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Ball, Rex H. The French Texans. San Antonio: The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1973.

Lagarde, François. The French in Texas. Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2003.

Maissin, Eugène. The French in Mexico and Texas, 1838–1839. Salado, Texas: Anson Jones Press, 1961.

Taylor, Virginia H. The Franco-Texan Land Company. Austin & London: University of Texas Press, 1969.

Pratt, James. Sabotaged – Dreams of Utopia in Texas. University of Nebraska Press, 2020.

Nichols Barker, Nancy, trans. and ed. The French Legation in Texas, Vol. 1: Recognition, Rupture, and Reconciliation. Austin: Texas State Historical Association (1971); Vol. 2: Mission Miscarried (1973).

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