French immigrants to the U.S.

By: Cynthia Gonzalez

When did the French migrate to the U.S.?

The French first started to migrate in the early 1600's. Later on they resumed to migrate to U.S. in the 19th century.

But why did they come?

There were many reasons why the French migrated to the U.S. Some came to the U.S. to flee from the French Revolution. Others were political refugees that were fleeing from the failed 1848 revolution. There were also the ones that migrated due to the loss of Alsace-Lorraine during the Franco-Prussian war.

How did they get here?

Since it was in the early 1600's mostly all traveled by sea or in ships.

What U.S. immigration laws or policies were in effect at the time?

  • 1607-1830
  1. Some colonies excluded those who couldn't support themselves or/and those who might become public charges.
  2. In 1790, a law was passed in which citizenship was available to immigrants with two years of residence. In 1798, they made a new law saying it had for be 14 years instead of 2. In 1802, it was changed to 5 years and kept that way.
  3. In 1819, a law was made to protect immigrants.
  • 1830-1890
  1. A propaganda was passed in favor of the laws that restricted immigrants.
  2. In 1875, the first restriction to immigrants of prostitutes and felons.

How many came?

As of now 11.8 million French or French Canadian descent are now U.S. residents. In the years between 1820 to 1900 over 353,000 people emigrated to American, from France. A Census from 1930 revealed that there was 135,592 people living in the U.S. that were born in France. In the year 1820 over 751,000 people immigrated to the U.S. from France. It was 1.5% of the total foreign immigration during this time period.

How did the U.S. people treat them?

The French were treated both poorly and good. It depended on where they settled. They would either be treated like animals or be welcomed into loving arms.

Where did they settle?

The French settled in Eastern North America when they came to the United States in the 1600's. A few settled in the Middle East.
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Jobs they found:

French immigrants would most likely find jobs as artist. There were other jobs they found as professionals, clerical workers, cooks, waiters, and managers.

Contributions made to the U.S. & it's culture?

The U.S. is known as the melting pot of cultures. Meaning at the time of the 1600's when immigration and colonization was becoming popular the U.S. became more and more culturally diverse. The French contributed by bring their culture of great artist and their own type of foods. They brought the French language with them and made it one of the more popular languages in the U.S. today.

Influences on their homeland:

As soon as the France migrated to the U.S. in their homeland they adopted a declaration of rights.
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