In this year of the French Overseas Territories, wider access to the French Overseas National Archives is open to the public.

Through a cloud of 35 words and 1000 digitized pages, the portal, created for this occasion is
available at this address:

http://www.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/anom/fr/12_annee-outremer/
Annee_des_outre-mer.html

It aims to discover the territories, men and women, daily life,
the strong events that marked the collective memory, from the 17th century to the middle
twentieth-century.

Earthquake and fire in the West Indies, slavery and abolition, struggle for
freedom of Louis Delgrès to Guadeloupe, Furcy to Reunion Island or Canaques
New Caledonia, Commune of 1871, colonial bagnes... A selection of
documents rarely presented, if not unknown, illustrate the diversity of archives,
as the draft decrees for the abolition of slavery corrected by Victor
Schoelcher, the series of telegrams sent to the Minister which
day, the eruption of Pelee Mountain in 1902, photographs taken by Henry
Lemasson in Tahiti at the time of Gauguin, the rare books of the reserve on the flora
of the West Indies or the customs of the New Caledonians, as well as the plans of the
fortifications and colonial cities.

To go further, in search of a rich and complex history, the portal of
Overseas offers links to the databases of the National Archives
the French Overseas Territories. The To learn more section gives access to the archives inventories,
the library catalogue and image bank.

This portal will be enriched throughout the year 2011 and will open in memory of Haiti
with the publication of the Toussaint-Louverture file.

*The Archives nationales d'Outre-Mer is a service with national competence under the interdepartmental Archives of France within the Directorate-General for Heritage, located in Aix-en-Provence. Their mission is to preserve the archives relating to the French colonial presence overseas.