Below is a selection of books about the French in the United States and about the French in New Mexico and the American Southwest. I am progressively expanding the list.

For convenience, the links below bring you most of the times to Amazon, but I encourage you to 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 am not getting any commission from Amazon or others if you buy one of these books, it’s all for the love of history!

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and a few Americans in France
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The Bonapartes in America
In honor of the 200-years anniversary of Napoleon’s death, this is a selection of books in English. 

Full disclosure: My gg grandfather and namesake François-Marie Patorni (1803-1852) was the private lawyer of the Bonaparte family, and for some time campaign manager of Louis-Napoleon, future Emperor Napoleon III.

Hawkins, Timoty. A Great Fear: Luís de Onís and the Shadow War against Napoleon in Spanish America, 1808–1812. Atlantic Crossings, 2019.

Wiemuth, Bill. The Louisiana Purchase: International Intrigue & Secret Treaties – The Incredible Story of How the United States Doubled in Size. History Highlights, 2020.

Bush, Robert D. The Louisiana Purchase: A Global Context. Critical Moments in American History, Routledge, 2013.

Flynn, Matthew J. Washington and Napoleon: Leadership in the Age of Revolution. Potomac Books, 2011.

Tyson Stroud, Patricia. The Man Who Had Been King: The American Exile of Napoleon’s Brother Joseph. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Murat, Ines. Napoleon and the American Dream. LSU Press, 1999.

Black, Shirley J. Napoleon III and Mexican Silver. Ferrell Publications, Silverton, Colorado, 2000.

Ocampo, Emilio. The Emperor’s Last Campaign: A Napoleonic Empire in America. University Alabama Press, 2009.

Rafe Blaufarb, Rafe. Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Exiles and Refugees on the Gulf Coast, 1815-1835. University Alabama Press, 2006.

MacCartney, Clarence Edwards and Dorrance, Gordon. The Bonapartes in America. Hardcover -Reprint, 2010.

MacCartney, Clarence Edward and Gordon Dorrance. The Bonapartes in America. Philadelhia: Dorrance and Company, 1939. Read online here. 

Bonura, Michel A. Under the Shadow of Napoleon: French Influence on the American Way of Warfare from the War of 1812 to the Outbreak of WWII. New York: New York University Press, 2012.

The French in America

Charles River Editors. The Statue of Liberty: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Famous Statue. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.

Portes, Jacques. Fascination and Misgivings – The United States in French Opinion, 1870-1914. Cambridge Universtity Press, 2000.
Echeverria, Durand. Mirage in the West. A History of the French Image of American Society to 1815. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1957.

Harlow, Giles Unger. Harlow Giles. Lafayette. Wiley, 2003. 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.

Ferreiro, Larrie D. Brother at Arms – American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It. Knopf, 2016.

Sainlaude, Stève. France and the American Civil War: A Diplomatic History. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

Furstenberg, François. When the United States Spoke French. Penguin Books, 2015.

Marchand, Philip. Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 2007.

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

Gitlin, Jay. The Bourgeois Frontier: French Towns, French Traders, and American Expansion. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2010.

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.

Americans in France

McCulloch, David. The Greater Journey – Americans in Paris. Simon & Schuster, 2012.

Washburne, Elihu. The Diary and Letters of America’s Minister to France During the Siege and Commune of Paris. Simon & Schuster, 2012.

More to come …


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