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!

Please send me suggestions for more titles.

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. Philadelhia: Dorrance and Company, 1939: Read online here. 

Ferri-Pisani, Camille. Prince Napoleon in America, 1860. The Galley press, London, 1959.


Books related to the French-speaking people in the American Southwest are listed HERE.
A list of biographies and biographical works for the French in New Mexico is on the website, click HERE.