Welcome to the Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America! As you browse the site, you will learn about the heritage of French-speaking North America, as well as about its history and diversity. Get to know the people who preserve and cherish it, discover the places where it finds expression and become familiar with the trends that have shaped and influenced its evolution throughout history.
By Fortier, Yvan
In 1814, the eminent politician Louis-Joseph Papineau (1786-1871) acquired one of the loveliest homes in MontrEal. He had it remodelled in 1831-1832 to make it even more attractive. The home's architecture and interior design reflect a mix of French and British influences characteristic of the period. Papineau's house was attacked in 1834 and again in 1837, first by Loyalists and then by members of the Doric Club, who were opposed to Papineau and the emancipation of the French Canadians. The house bears witness not only to Papineau's dramatic personal story, but also to the history of t...
The English version of the Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America is online since December 15th, 2009. It features an ever growing number of articles, documents and resources on the heritage of French-speaking North America.