French Colonies in North America
Arkansas Post (Poste Aux Akansas) 1690

Arkansas Post (Poste Aux Akansas) 1690

From our history books we know that the French explorers were instrumental in opening up the interior of  North America to European colonization. They began their explorations with the Great Lakes, found the Mississippi river by exploring south and west from Lake Michigan, and explored southwards, establishing settlements at prominent places along the way. It...
Masacre Island (Isle Du Massacre) 1699

Masacre Island (Isle Du Massacre) 1699

As we know from our history books, the French colonized the middle part of North America in the name of King Louis XIV, calling it Nouvelle France, or just Louisiana. One of the earliest French settlements was on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It was an island just four miles off the mainland...
Dauphin Island, (Isle Dauphin) 1707

Dauphin Island, (Isle Dauphin) 1707

As we know from our history books and the description of the previous (Isle Du Massacre) coin, the French colonized the middle part of North America in the name of King Louis XIV, calling it Nouvelle France, or just “La Louisianne” (Louisiana). The colony at Dauphin Island was originally named “Isle Du Massacre” (Massacre Island)....
The Napoleonic coinage for New France, 1803

The Napoleonic coinage for New France, 1803

As we know from our history books, the military dictator and self styled “emperor” Napoleon Bonaparte of France, acquired titular rights to the western part of the watershed of the Mississippi river from Spain in 1801.   His plan, according to historians, was to use the vast resources of this territory as a springboard to...