1762 in France

Events from the year 1762 in France

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See also:Other events of 1762
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  • 5 January–12 February – Invasion of Martinique by British forces
  • 10 March – Jean Calas, a 68 year old merchant convicted unjustly of murdering his son because of religious differences, is brutally executed on orders of the Parliament of Toulouse: after his legs and hips are broken and crushed, he is tortured on the breaking wheel (la roue) to remain "in pain and repentance for his crimes and misdeeds, for as long as it shall please God to keep him alive"[1]
  • 5 April – France issues a new ordinance requiring all black and mixed-race Frenchmen to register their identity information with the offices of the Admiralty Court, upon the advice of Guillaume Poncet de la Grave, adviser to Louis XV, requiring both free and enslaved blacks and mulattoes to list data including their age, surname, purpose for which they are residing in France, whether they have been baptized as Christians, where they emigrated from in Africa and the name of the ship upon which they arrived (the declaration of 1738 required slave-owners to register their slaves, but had placed no such requirement on free people)[2]
  • 20 June – In Paris, the Comédie-Italienne, having merged with the Opéra-Comique, performs at the Hôtel de Bourgogne[3]
  • 13 November – Treaty of Fontainebleau: Louis XV secretly cedes Louisiana (New France) to Charles III of Spain
  • Courses begin at the first veterinary school, established by Claude Bourgelat in Lyon
  • The Sorbonne library is founded[4]
  • The Académie française produces a new edition of its dictionary of the French language, the fourth to be published[5]
  • Louis XV orders construction of the Petit Trianon in the park of the Palace of Versailles to the design of Ange-Jacques Gabriel for his mistress Madame de Pompadour
  • Tassinari et Chatel, Lyon silk weavers, established


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  1. ^ Schechter, Ronald (2018). A Genealogy of Terror in Eighteenth-Century France. University of Chicago Press. p. 64.
  2. ^ Peabody, Sue (1996). "There are No Slaves in France": The Political Culture of Race and Slavery in the Ancien Régime. Oxford University Press. pp. 73–75.
  3. ^ Letellier, Robert Ignatius (2010). Opéra-Comique: A Sourcebook. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 481. ISBN 978-1-4438-2168-1.
  4. ^ Stam, David H. (2001). International Dictionary of Library Histories. Vol. 2. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. p. 880. ISBN 1579582443.
  5. ^ Fitzsimmons, Michael P. (2017). The Place of Words: The Académie Française and Its Dictionary During an Age of Revolution. Oxford University Press. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-19-064453-6.
  6. ^ Blangstrup, Chr., ed. (1915). "Bouchardon, Edmé". Salmonsens Konversationsleksikon (in Danish). Vol. 3 (2 ed.). Copenhagen: J. H. Schultz Forlagsboghandel. Retrieved 2013-09-04.