New France 17th-18th centuries

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New France 17th-18th centuries

This model is a broad combination of French handwritings from late 17th– and early 18th-century. It is based on more than 1,600 pages (296,403 words) of correspondence and registers of colonial administrators in New France. It achieves a CER of 4.12% on validation set and includes the main types of writing of the period: “ronde”, “bâtarde” and “coulée”. However, it is not well suited to the writings of notaries or court clerks, but can be used as a basic template to train a model more adapted to these types of documents.

Transcriptions used for this model were produced by various partners of the Nouvelle-France Numérique/Digital New France project (see

Model Overview

New France (17th-18th Century)
Maxime Gohier
Model ID:
17th, 18th
Latin alphabet
CER on validation set:
5.0 %
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This AI model was trained to automatically convert text from images of historical Latin alphabet documents into editable and searchable text.