French explorer Jacques Cartier sets off on voyages along the St. Lawrence river and claims territories in the name of France. The French setup fur trading posts.
The first French official is sent to govern the territory of New France. Champlain becomes governor in 1633.
Exploration of America’s heartland (Great Lakes, Mississippi valley…) by Jean Nicolet, Father Jacques Marquette, Louis Jolliet, de La Salle…) .
La Salle takes possession of the Mississippi valley (Louisiana) in the name of the king of France.
The Huguenots (French Protestants) settle in America.
France loses its American territories to Britain (Canada) and Spain (Louisiana).
French Acadians’ exodus to Louisiana and New England.
After the signing of the Treaty of Commerce and Friendship, France, " America’s oldest ally ", aids the American revolutionaries. 44,000 French troops serve during the American War of Independence. In 1781, American and French troops defeat British forces at Yorktown, Virginia.
France sells the Louisiana territory (recovered from Spain in 1800) to the United States for 80 million francs.
Alexis de Tocqueville publishes Democracy in America.
France offers the Statue of Liberty, built by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, to the United States.
The United States enters World War I. Two million American troops fight in France. By 1918, 115,000 U.S. soldiers had died on French soil.
Charles Lindbergh lands in France as the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane.
6 June 1944
D-Day. American soldiers take part in Operation Overlordon Normandy beaches. More than 2 million allied soldiers land in France to put an end to WWII.
Gulf War. France and the United States together in a coalition to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.