I have reason to believe that our Fouche ancestors during the 18th century and before had a shipping business that went between Nantes, France and America, probably involving the slave trade. This may have accounted for so many Fouches arriving in America in the 17th century. Does anyone have any idea how we could confirm this? Several years ago the NY Times had articles describing a commorative that took place in Nantes for several months involving such maritime activities that took place at that time. It said that numerous such families still lived in Nantes. There must be some way to access such records; otherwise how do these treasure hunters search for ships that were sunk at that time? I believe there is an archives in Nantes today.