On February 10, 1763, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain signed the Treaty
of Paris. The treaty marked the end of the Seven Years' War (the colonial portion was called the French and Indian War). In the treaty, France lost many colonies to the British, including Canada and West Florida in North America. Spain received the French district of Louisiana.
Though the treaty proved to be the end of most of France's colonies in the Western Hemisphere
, their influence
remains. Many French settlers remained in the now-British colonies. In the Canadian province
of Quebec, French food, language, and culture
remain dominant. Similar cultural preservation
can be seen in the state of Louisiana, where Cajun
cultures incorporate the region’s French, West African, Caribbean, Native American, Spanish, British, and American influences.