Indiana Needs French


Consulate General of Canada -Detroit
600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1100
Detroit, MI 482-43-1798
Tel: (313) 567-2340,
Fax: (313) 567-2164

Québec Government Office in Chicago
444 N. Michigan Avenue
Room 1900
Chicago, IL 60611-3977
Phone: (312) 645-0392
Fax: (312) 645-0542

Consulate General of France in Chicago
205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: 312/327-
Fax: 312/327-5201
E-mail :

    Consul honoraire
    M. Alain WEBER
    4330 North Michigan Road
    Indianapolis, IN 46208
    Tél. : 317-923-1951,
    Télécopie : 317-923-1910

Swiss Consulate
7752 Moller Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Tel. 317 217 1645
Fax 309 405 7023


Indiana Chapters of the American Association of Teachers of French

Indiana AATF Chapter

Kathleen  Darnell, President

Anatole Balma, Treasurer
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Stanley Coulter Hall
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47905

Northwest Indiana Chapter

Linda Atwood, President
Bob Brooks, Treasurer

Alliance Française in Indiana

Alliance Française d'Indianapolis
6038 Castlebar Circle
Tel: 317-842-8472
Fax: 317-826-1484

Alliance Française de Terre Haute
James Mitchell
419 S 32nd Street
Terre Haute, IN 47803

Indiana University Creole Institute

Questionnaire/Survey for Indiana French Teachers (DOE, job exchange opportunity)

Tippecanoe Ancient Fife & Drum Corps (18th century French music)

International Center of Indianapolis

Indy Foreign Language Academy

Schools with International Baccalaureate Programs in Indiana

Benjamin Bosse High School
300 Washington Avenue, Evansville

Blessed Theodore Guerin High School
15300 Gray Road, Noblesville

Carmel High School
520 East Main Street, Carmel

Cathedral High School
5225 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis

International School of Indiana
200 West 49th Street, Indianapolis

John Adams High School
808 South Twyckenham Blvd, South Bend

Lawrence Central High School
7300 East 56th Street, Indianapolis

Lawrence North High School
7601 East 56th Street, Indianapolis

North Central High School
1801 East 86th Street
Indianapolis , IN 46240
Phone: 317.259.5301
Fax: 317.259.5369

Northwest High School
5525 W 34th St
Indianapolis, IN 46224
(317) 693-5600

Pike High School
5401 West 71th street, Indianapolis

Signature School Inc.
610 Main Street, Evansville
Phone: (812) 421-1820   
Fax: (812) 421-9189

South Side High School, Fort Wayne
3601 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Phone: (260) 425-7610   
Fax: (260) 425-7649

Valparaiso High School
2727 North Campbell Street, Valparaiso, Indiana


Indiana TV Stations with Some French Program Content

Fort Wayne, IN
ACCESS / 80 000 - FCA

Indianapolis, IN
WTBU / 974 390 - FF/JF2

Indiana Radio Stations with Some French Program Content

New Albany, IN
WNAS / 88.1 FM


Over 19,200 Indiana residents speak French, French Cajun, French Creole or Patois, and nearly 168,000 claim French or French-Canadian ancestry.  There are around 600 French citizens living in Indiana

Teaching the French Language Using Architecture, Archaeology, and Heritage (80pp)


Busseron, Dupont, Dupon, La Fontaine , Lagrange County, Lagrange, La Porte, Metz, Napoleon, Orleans, Terre Haute, Vincennes, French Lick, Fayette, Fayetteville, Township of Lafayette, LaGrange County, Dubois Ridge, Wabash, La Crosse, Leroy, New Paris, Stendhal, France Park, San Pierre, Bellefountain, Paris Crossing, St. Omer, Dubois County, Elkhart County (French named the place "heart of the stag", which became "elkhart" in English), LaPorte County, French Post Park, Maumee River

Guernsey, E.Y. Indiana: The influence of the Indian upon its History--with Indian and  French names for Natural and Cultural Locations (Map, Revised 1968). Publication No. 122,  Indianapolis: Department of Natural Resources, State of Indiana,, 1932.

Guide to Ethnic History Materials in Manuscript Collections at the Indiana Historical Society (French Collection)

Guide to Ethnic History Materials in Manuscript Collections at the Indiana Historical Society (Belgian Collection)

Guide to Ethnic History Materials in Manuscript Collections at the Indiana Historical Society (Swiss Collection)

France Park

Sister Cities (Indiana -- France)

    Vincennes, IN -- Vincennes, Ile-de-France

    Michiana Shores -- Brienne-sur-Aisne (Sister City Partnership Committee)

    Mount Vernon --  Peronne (Sister City Partnership Committee)

    Michiana Shores- -Brienne-sur-Aisne (Sister City Partnership Committee)


1614 or 1615 - Samuel de Champlain may have been the first of the French explorers to be connected with the Maumee region.

1650 - French traders had set up trading posts in the Porter County area.

1668 - Fathers Claude Dablon and James Marquette founded the mission at the Sault de Ste. Marie (The Falls of St. Mary’s River) in St. Joseph County, Indiana.

1669 (December) - La Salle and his men tamped along the St. Joseph River's south bend.

1670s - (early) The East Fork of the White River, near present-day Muncie was visited by early  French Trappers.

1673 - Tassinong, a French trading post established near the Kankakee River.

1671:  Simon Daumont de Saint-Lusson and co-sighner,  Louis Jolliet, declared the lands of the western interior for France at Sault Ste. Marie, which included the area that later became Indiana.

1673 - 1673 - Tassinong, a French fort and trading post established near the Kankakee River.

1675 - Father Marquette used a portage between the Kankakee and the St. Joseph Rivers, taking him 4 to 5 miles from what is now South Bend Indiana

1679 - René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle and  Louis de Baude de Frontenac, Governor of New France, decided on plans which would enable them to gain control of the area enabling the Maumee-Wabash trade route (via the portage of 1670).  One part involved relocating the Miami Indians to the headwaters of the Maumee River to secure the area.

1679 - French explorer Robert Rene Cavalier Sieur de La Salle landed on the banks of the St. Joseph River in December, at what is now Riverview Cemetery.

1683 - A French trading post (Ouabache) was established near present Vincennes.

1701 - the Maumee-Wabash river route to the lower Ohio was discovered by French explorers.

1702 - Mostly French fur traders established the first permanent settlement at Vincennes.

1704 - Jean Baptiste Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes, established a trading post at Kekionga (principal village of the Miami), present day Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1705 - A first French fort (Ouabache) was built on the site of the Vincennes trading post (1705).

1715 - The trading post at Kekionga became a fort.

1717 - French post Ouiatenon was established by François-Marie Picoté de Belestre, near the present city of Lafayette, to protect the western frontier.

1720-1760 - The settlement at Ouiatenon prospered and grew. French voyageurs annually descended the Wabash to trade their goods for furs trapped by the Native people. Some remained there to establish homes.

1721 - Fort Philippe, later called Fort Miami, was built on the St. Mary's River, near the area in Fort Wayne at the confluence of the St. Mary's, St. Joseph's and Maumee rivers.

1721 - Pierre Charlevois describes the Miami Indian game which is the ancestor of the modern game of LaCrosse.

1722 - French Fort Ouiatenon was established on the site of the first French post near Lafayette.

1724 - A second French fort was built on the site of the Vincennes trading post (1705), but this one named after St. Francis Xavier.

1732 - François-Marie Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes founded a permanent settlement and built a fort on the Wabash River (Fort Vincennes)

1736 - The French Ouabache trading post established before the turn of the century is named for a French officer, Sieur de Vincennes, who was stationed at the fort

1746 - A description of the French settlement which became Vincennes (near the Wabash River) notes that five slaves were among the community's forty-five settlers.

1747 - British influenced Huron chief, King Nicolas, attacking the French Fort Miami.

1750 - The French established a stockaded fort located at the mouth of the Wabash River on the Ohio River.

1753 - Establishment of "Petite Fort", A French fur trade post located near the mouth of Fort Creek (near Beverly Shores).

1754-1763 - The French and Indian War.

1772 - British General Thomas Gage (the same who was instrumental in drafting the Intolerable Acts of 1774, and ordered the troops to Lexington and Concord in April 1775) ordered the French in the Wabash Valley to leave their settlements, & demanded the title deeds to their lands.

1774 - (June 2nd) British Parliament passed the Quebec Act, permitting the Canadians to retain French laws and customs, and allowing the Catholic Church to maintain all its rights. "The French settlements at the West, in our present Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, were by the act included in the province of Quebec."

1774 - French fur trader, Michel Brouillet was born in Vincennes.

1779 - George Rogers Clark, with about 130 volunteers, half of them French militia from Kaskaskia, fought the British in "The Battle of Vincennes".

1785 - Toussaint Dubois settled near Vincennes.

1797 - Michel Brouillet established a treading post near Terre Haute.

1801 - Michel Brouillet received a license to trade with the Miami nation.

1802 - Swiss immigrant, john James Dufour, petitioned
congress for the lands along the Ohio River between Hunt's Creek and Indian Creek in what would later become Indiana to found the New Switzerland" vineyard.

1804 - Michel Brouillet he received a license to trade with the Kickapoo Indians.

1806 - Michel Brouillet, built a home near what is now Vincennes.

1816 - Joseph Bailly, a French Canadian fur trapper, and his family became one of the first known settlers of the "Indiana Dunes."

1820 - The first white settler to settle in present-day St. Joseph County was Pierre Navarre, who moved to St. Joseph Country from Monroe, Michigan.

1822 - Honoré Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein established a trading post near present-day Porter, Indiana.

1834 -  Right Reverend Simon Bruté was appointed the first Bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes, Indiana.

1839 - The Very Rev. August Bessonies, V. G. (born in France in 1815), came to America to serve the Catholics in the United States in the Diocese of Vincennes, Indiana.

1843 - Sisters of the Holy Cross arrived from Le Mans, France to found St. Mary's College

Articles about French moments in Indiana History

Archaeology and the French Culture in Indiana

The French Occupancy of the Wabash Valley - 1

The French Occupancy of the Wabash Valley - 2

The French Occupancy of the Wabash Valley - 3

The French Occupancy of the Wabash Valley - 4

The French Occupancy of the Wabash Valley - 5 (Music of the French)

The French Occupancy of the Wabash Valley - 6

The French Occupancy of the Wabash Valley - 7

The French Occupancy of the Wabash Valley - 8

The French Occupancy of the Wabash Valley - 9


The Bailly Homestead

Fort Ouiatenon: A French and Indian Occupation along the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County, Indiana - A Collections Managament Report

Old French House & Indian Museum - Vincennes, Indiana

South Bend: History - French Exploration Establishes South Bend

[FL] French history for Indiana

Fort Ouiatenon

Early History of St. Joseph County

Northern Indiana Center for History (see "The French in Indiana", "Robert Cavalier Sieur de La Salle", "French Fur Trading and Forts in Indiana"

Historic Sites: Fort St. Joseph (The Early Years)

A Little Bit of French Anyone (French in Indiana for Eelementary School)

Tippecanoe Ancient Fife & Drum Corps (The French Presence in
North America from the 1680's to the 1990's)

Swiss Heritage: Swiss Wine Festival - Indiana

Frances Krauskopf, “The French in Indiana, 1700-1760: A Political History” (Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1953).    

Early French Inhabitants of Indiana: Our Lost Legacy

Bissot & Vincennes: French Founders of Vincennes, Indiana

Life at a French Fur Trading Post

The French Connection

The French in Indiana

The French in Indiana, 1700-1760: A Political History

Wea Tribe at Terre Haute (lots of dated French activity)

Ms where Charles Fabereau promises to deliver supplies to Sieur Dumont at one of the Miami posts near what is now Fort Wayne

The Gentle Invasion (issue of The Indiana Historian, focus on the French)

The first Europeans to traverse what is now Indiana  were French explorers and fur traders. In the 1700s the first 3 Non-native American settlements in Indiana were the 3 French forts of Ouiatenon, Ft. Miami, and Ft. Vincennes. Although they had few settlers in the region, French presence in Indiana lasted almost 100 years.


Foreign Direct Investment

In 2002, 5.5% of Indiana's work force is employed by foreign-owned firms, ranking Indiana 11th nationally in this aspect of foreign direct investment. In 2003, foreign-controlled companies employed 134,200 workers in Indiana. At that time, France was one of the top three investors in Indiana.

Foreign Investment in Indiana (map showing nationality and location)

In 1995, 94,395 acres of Indiana farm land were foreign-owned.

In 2003 Indiana was among the top ten states hosting French subsidiaries, companies which employed nearly 19,000 Indiana residents.

Organization for International Investment - Indiana

Indiana global trade directory: Indiana's international service providers

Some French Companies in Indiana

Hachette Book Group USA has a nearly one million square foot warehouse in Lebanon Indiana, and distributes over 90 million books from there.

UGIMAG, Inc. in Valparaiso, Indiana, is French owned

4846 E 450 N
Lafayette, IN

is part of Limagrain Genetics. Limagrain is a French company headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand.

Northwest Indiana World Trade Council

World Trade Club of Indiana

Indiana Economic Development Corporation - Foreign Trade Offices

Indiana International Trade News

Indiana University CIBER (Center for International Business Education & Research

Michiana World Trade Council (St. Joseph County)

French American Chamber of Commerce
CHICAGO - Illinois
Directrice : Mme Chantal GLASS
The Merchandise Mart, Suite 940, Chicago, IL 60654
Téléphone 00 1 312 595 9524 - Télécopie 00 1 312 595 9529
Site web
E-mail :

Le Conseiller Économique et Commercial [Chicago]
205 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 3730
Illinois 60601
Tél : (1 312) 327 5250
Fax : (1 312) 327 5251

Canadian Trade Fact Sheet  for Indiana

Export-supported manufacturing jobs account for 9.2 percent of Indiana's total private-sector employment, or one of every 11 jobs. In 2001 20.1 percent of all manufacturing workers in Indiana depend on exports for their jobs.

From more recent data, we know that 112,000 Indiana jobs are supported by Canada-U.S. trade, which was worth $36 million daily last. In 2004, Indiana sold over three times more exports to Canada than to Mexico, the state’s next largest trading partner. In dollar terms, is Canada. From 2001 to 2005, export shipments to Canada increased from $6.2 billion to $9.6 billion, an increase of $3.3 billion, making this Francophone country Indiana's biggest growth market.

Here are the values for transborder freight between Indiana and all provinces of Canada for the period of April 2005 to April 2006:

    All Canadian Provinces to Indiana:     $6,419,203,587

    Indiana to All Canadian Provinces:        $10,158,312,262

The balance is certainly favorable.         

Here is what 2005 foreign trade figures show.  

Total value in US dollars:  $ 21,476,000,000

1. to Canada        $9,550,000,000
4. to France            $1,467,000,000
17. to Belgium        $ 148,000,000

Not only were there three Francophone countries among Indiana's top 20 trading partners, but nearly 52% of Indiana's export earning were derived from trade with Francophone countries, or nearly $1800 per capita.

Here are the 2006 trade figures

Total value in US dollars:  $ 22,620,000,000

1. to Canada        $ 9,842,000,000
4. to France            $ 1,378,000,000
12. to Belgium        $ 242,000,000
15. Switzerland        $ 214,000.000

This time the export revenues are again around 52% from Francophone countries, With Indiana's Francophone trading partners numbering 4 among the top 15.

In 2003, Indiana was ranked 4th in the US for the value of its exports to France.

Here is a partial list of Indiana-based companies with subsidiaries in France:

Aearo Company  - Indianapolis, IN

 Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. - West Lafayette, IN

 Biomet, Inc. - Warsaw, IN

 Brightpoint Inc. - Plainfield, IN

 Cook Group Incorporated - Bloomington, IN

 Ctb International Corp. - Milford, IN

 Cummins, Inc. - Columbus, IN

 Da-Lite Screen Company - Warsaw, IN

 Delphi Electronics & Safety - Kokomo, IN

 Depuy, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson) - Warsaw, IN

 Dow Agrosciences L.L.C. (Dow Chemical) - Indianapolis, IN

 Eli Lilly And Company - Indianapolis, IN

 Escalade, Inc. - Evansville, IN

 Filter Specialists, Inc. - Michigan City, IN

 Great Lakes Chemical Corp - Indianapolis, IN

 Guidant Corporation - Indianapolis, IN

 Harlan, Inc. - Indianapolis, IN

 Haynes International Inc - Kokomo, IN

 Hillenbrand Industries - Batesville, IN

 Hurco Companies, Inc. - Indianapolis, IN

 International Outsourcing Services, Llc - Bloomington, IN

 Kimball International, Inc. - Jasper, IN

 Maxon Corporation - Muncie, IN

 Praxair Surface Technologies (Praxair Inc.) - Indianapolis, IN

 Remy International, Inc. - Anderson, IN

 Samtec, Inc. - New Albany, IN

 Sullair Corporation (Hamilton Sundstrand) - Michigan City, IN

 Symmetry Medical, Inc. - Warsaw, IN

 Urschel Laboratories, Inc. - Valparaiso, IN

 Woodwind & The Brasswind (The) - South Bend, IN

 Zimmer Holdings, Inc - Warsaw, IN