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These notes cover the lecture notes based on "Part One" of the assigned textbook: "Louisiana: A History" Notes from 8/22/16 - 9/12/16
Louisiana history
James Wilson
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Louisiana, history, Native Americans, colonial, french, spanish




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Date Created: 09/08/16
8/22 STUDY TERMS - EARLY AMERICANS IN LA & EARLY EUROPEAN EXPLORATION • Watson Brake • Poverty Point • Caddo • Tunica • Atakapa • Natchez • Muskhogeans • Chitimacha • Animism • Tunica Treasure • Mercantilism • Alonso Alvarez de Pineda • Panfilo de Narvaez • Conquistadors • Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca • Hernando de Soto • New France • Coureurs de Bois • Father Jacques Marquette & Louis Joliet • Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle • Henri de Tonti • Louis Phelypeaux, Count de Ponchatrain • Pierre la Moyne, Sieur d'Bienville • Louis Antoinette Juchereau de Saint-Denis • English Turn • Fort Maurepas (1700) at Biloxi • Fort de la Boulaye (1700) on lower Mississippi River • Fort Saint Louis (1702) at Mobile • New Fort Saint Louis (1711) at Mobile TIMELINE • Watson Break (3500BC) ⿞Watson Brake mounds • Poverty Point (1650-700BC) ⿞Mounds created by man ⿞Round objects are frequently found here ⿞Most important ancient civilization in Louisiana • Tchefunete (600BC-200AD) ⿞New ways to cook = pottery ⿞Shell middens • Hopewell and Marksville (200BC-400AD) ⿞Burial mounds • Troyville Cole Creek (400-1100AD) ⿞New weapons = bow and arrow ⿞Agriculture • Plaquemine Mississippian (1000-1500AD) ⿞Flat temple mounds • European Settlement (1699) • Native Inhabitants in Louisiana (1700) ⿞Historic Louisiana Indians ‣ Caddo • Nomadic people • Used horses ‣ Tunica • Small in number • Aggressive in nature ‣ Attakapas • Most aggressive group at the time • Cannibalistic rituals • Largest in number ‣ Natchez" • Most highly developed • Caught the most attention from Europeans • Structure in their society ‣ Muskogean • Fishermen ‣ Chitimacha • Fishermen ⿞About 15,000 Indians when the Europeans arrived ⿞How they lived ‣ Huts for housing - few Windows and doors, one door ‣ Elevated building for food storage ‣ followed the cycles of the seasons ‣ Herbal remedies and spiritual healing ‣ Hunting, trading, clothes making, music ‣ Stressed the honor system • Federally recognized Indian tribes in Louisiana ⿞Chitimacha ⿞Coushatta ⿞Jena Band Choctaw ⿞Tunica-Biloxi EARLY EUROPEAN EXPLORATION • Colonial Louisiana history: anything prior to the Louisiana purchase ⿞French history ⿞Spanish history • Early Spanish exploration of the Gulf Coast ⿞Pineda (1519) ‣ Explored Florida ‣ Just explored close to the coast ‣ Didn't learn much about the people, plants, etc. - just a geographic map ⿞Narvaez (1527) ‣ Much more extensive than Pineda ‣ As many as 600 men and ships took part in this exploration ‣ Natural disasters and native Americans made their exploration difficult ‣ Native Americans led the Spanish into the swamps where they were not familiar; Spanish had armor and heavy weapons that were not effective in the swamp ‣ They melted down their armor and made nails, from there they made boats and sailed to Galveston ‣ Once they hit Texas, it was good because they had less native Americans, it was bad because there was no vegetation and natural resources ‣ Go into New Mexico and live among the native Americans they could find ‣ Eventually make it to Mexico City and settle there ‣ "La Relacion of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca" was the first map of the new world ⿞DeSoto (1539) ‣ Most famous for "discovering" the Mississippi River ‣ Lands in Florida and goes through the majority of the southeastern United States ‣ Encounter a hostile group of native Americans in Alabama; DeSoto and his men 2000 or more of them and continues moving forward ‣ Explore the river ‣ DeSoto passes away in 1542 along the bank of the river; his men had to hide his death because DeSoto portrayed himself as a god and doesn't want the native Americans to know he's died; they sink his body in the river ‣ His men created boats and sailed down the river until reaching the Gulf of Mexico and then sailed back to spanish territories ‣ Several people publish accounts of what they saw ⿞Native American population dwindled after the Spanish explorations because of the introduction to European diseases • Early French exploration of North America ⿞Trapping becomes a form of currency; different from the Spanish with gold and silver ⿞Marquette and Joliet (1673) ‣ Marquette was a priest that wanted to convert people to Christianity ‣ Joliet was a trapper ‣ Sailed into the territories of Arkansas and Mississippi ‣ Go back to the forts along the Great Lakes and share their stories with the coureurs de bois (trappers) ⿞La Salle (1682 & 1684) ‣ Exploring along the Great Lakes also ‣ Tries to find the river Marquette and Joliet had described ‣ Goes through the Illinois River and makes it to the Mississippi River and explored all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico ‣ He realized the importance of the river ‣ Has a Catholic ceremony and raises a cross and declares that all the lands connected to the river are now owned by the king of France and names the territory Louisiana ‣ The Spanish and native Americans didn't pay mind to his claim that this land was now owned by France ‣ Sometimes called the "Father of Louisiana" ‣ One of la salle's crashed ships were discovered in the 1990s ⿞De Tonti (1686, 1689, 1960-1999) ‣ La Salle and De Tonti were going to meet up at the mouth of the Mississippi River; la Salle over shoots the trip and lands in eastern Texas so they never meet up; de Tonti returns back to the Great Lakes; la Salle and his colonist settle and try to make a life where they are but they end up killing la Salle ‣ De Tonti wants to continue forward with la Salle's dream, but he has no money or power ⿞Iberville (1699) ‣ His family owned a large island near Montreal; they were granted royalty titles ‣ Wants to continue la Salle's dream also ‣ His brother was Bienville (most important person) ‣ They land off the coast of Alabama and Mississippi in search of the Mississippi River; they eventually find it ‣ Also referred to as the "Father of Louisiana" because he established the first colony ‣ Iberville sails back to France and leaves his colonists in Biloxi to live ‣ The capital is moved to Mobile in 1702 ‣ Iberville dies from yellow fever in Cuba ⿞First successful colony established was in Biloxi in 1699 (Fort Maurepas) • Population of first Louisiana Settlement ⿞1700 - 150 ⿞1704 - 195 ⿞1706 - 85 ⿞1708 - 279 ⿞1710 - 178 8/31 STUDY TERMS - FRENCH COLONIAL LOUISIANA (1699-1763) • Jean Baptiste la Moyne, Sieur d'Bienville • Royal Colony • Proprietary Colony • Antoine Crozat • Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac • Superior Council • Fort Saint Jean Baptiste (1714) at Natchitoches • Louis Antoine Juchereau de Saint-Denis • Fort Rosalie (1716) at Natchez • John Law • Company of the Indies • New Orleans (1718) • Baton Rogue (1719) • Mississippi Bandits • Fille a la cassette (casket girls) • Ursuline Nuns • German Coast • Mississippi Bubble • Natchez Indian Uprising (1729-1731) • Chickasaw Indian Wars • Battle of Ackia (1736) • Pierre de Rigaud, the Marquis de Vaudreuil • Louis Billouart, Chevalier de Kerlerec • French and Indian War (1754-1763) • Code Noir/ Black Code (1724) • Maroons/ Marronage • Royal Colony (Louisiana before this point- land operated by royal government) VS a Proprietary Colony (land granted to individual people individually- more money is made this way) • Crozat ⿞Never comes to Louisiana, it's just an investment for him ⿞Born a peasant on a farm; land owner agreed to adopt Crozat when he was young and gave him an education; always had the sense to work for what you want still ⿞Wanted to introduce African slave trade in Louisiana ⿞Makes several changes in Louisiana • Appoints new governor (Cadillac); he founded Detroit; was put in charge of restructuring the colony ⿞He arrives at the capital in Mobile and this is what he finds: ‣ Didn't have enough food to sustain a colony ‣ "Not worth a straw" ‣ Wants to send off all of the women ⿞Cadillac sets up a governmental body, the Superior Council; they control the day-to-day activities; they pass laws and also serve a judicial function ⿞Expands the colony to include new areas (Natchitoches, Fort St. Jean Baptiste); St Dennis oversees the fort and saw potential for himself in the settlement; he proposes there be trade between Natchitoches and Spanish territories- trade flourishes; ⿞Constructs Fort Rosalie in Natchez; established for the purpose of trade and relations with the Natchez Indians • John Law ⿞Assumes the role Crozat previously held ⿞French nobility; had enough wealth and influence to do whatever he wanted; gambler ⿞Begins to make a career out of financial issues; the concept of banking was still a new idea but he starts introducing paper currency and other forms of currency ⿞Establishes the Mississippi Company; begins to sell stock in it which becomes very popular because it was portrayed very positively; spread like wildfire ⿞The "Mississippi Bubble" burst; stock becomes basically worthless ⿞He's run out of town and flees; administrators reorganize the company and name it the Company of the Indies/Company of the West; becomes successful again and the money is used to build up Louisiana and Mississippi ⿞3 Things most responsible for the colony being successful ‣ Establishment of New Orleans ‣ Immigration • Provided service in the colony • Prostitutes, prisoners, "casket girls", Ursuline nuns, Swiss soldiers, German farmers settle on the "German coast"/West Bank of the Mississippi River ‣ African Slaves (1719) • First slave ship arrives with 200 slaves • Nearly every slave brought to the colony by the French came between 1719-1731 • Very important to the construction of the city of New Orleans • Most came from the region of Senegambia • Slave from Congo (Louis Congo) was appointed to executioner and was in charge of carrying out the punishment of slaves; he didn't want the position but was forced to accept • Code Noir (1724) ⿞A slave owner had to provide food, shelter, clothing, and religion ⿞Owners who beat their slaves too aggressively could be charged under this code ⿞Rights were granted to the slaves; not to protect them, but to protect the system; they didn't want slaves to get agitated and revolt ⿞Slaves who displayed loyalty could be rewarded ⿞Slaves could be granted freedom if they agreed to fight • Louisiana in 1720 = more than 1,000 • Louisiana in 1731 = less than 8,000 ⿞*half of which were slaves* • New Orleans = first major settlement in the New World where half of the population were African slaves FROM ITS VERY FOUNDING 9/7 • Natchez Indian Uprising (1729-1731) • Slavery was not a rigid system at this point; slaves had the freedom to conduct trades and were relied upon • Trade of fur was the main currency at the time; traded with horses, liquor, decorative ornamentation for dress, etc. • Culture and language was being exchanged amongst French, Indians, and Slaves • When the Spanish arrive, they are much more structured; markets became established and more controlled • Three Royal Governors ⿞Bienville (1733-1743) ‣ Most focused on relations with the Indians; Chickasaw were the most hostile that he tried to suppress ‣ Chickasaw Indian Wars: Bienville had forced from north and south to come attack them from all directions; leads to Battle of Ackia; the French eventually sought peace ‣ Eventually retires and moves to Paris ⿞Vaudreuil (1743-1753) ‣ Bienville's replacement ‣ Marquis; he was sophisticated; interested in celebrating the life in the colony and not so much focused on the business of the colony ‣ Mardi Gras becomes an elaborate celebration during this period ‣ Him and his wife are accused of insubordination; tries to restrict access to good and his wife tries to control the overseeing of the goods ‣ He gets promoted to governor of Canada ⿞Kerlerec (1753) ‣ Wanted to do things right; wanted to pay back things Vaudreuil had neglected ‣ French/Indian war breaks out (1756); no supply ships come into Louisiana during this time, forcing the colony to get by on its own ‣ Circumstances overshadowed his term ‣ France loses the war; rather than losing control of Louisiana to the British, they give the land to their Spanish allies • Moral Climate ⿞Not very religious; "free for all" ⿞Why? ‣ "Illegitimate women"- not French women were much more common ‣ Fur trappers made up the majority of men; they were more prone to live a laid back lifestyle and have relations with illegitimate women ‣ People of questionable character had been sent to the colony ‣ The priests that were sent there were at conflict with each other; didn't really care ‣ People gathered at taverns to drink, smoke, and gamble • Everyday life in French Colonial Louisiana ⿞Waterways were very important for trade and transport ‣ Illinois and Louisiana ‣ Caribbean and Louisiana ⿞Horses existed increasingly, but wagons and carriages were not common ⿞Trade was most often done by bartering; no paper money or coins at this time ⿞Slavery was an important point of the colony, but it wasn't wide-scale ⿞Appearance was important; more concerned about clothing and dress than hard work ⿞Superior Council served as the governing body; they handled disputes ⿞French had a feeling of superiority over the native Americans ⿞Thousands of slaves, but less than 200 reached slavery ⿞Had to limit the number of occupants who could be an Innkeeper; became the most competitive license to get; began to tax Inns very heavily ⿞General less interest in maintaining the day-to-day things necessary to grow the colony; due to poor leadership ⿞Education and health care was very limited; provided by the church ⿞A lot of the power within the colony didn't reside just in New Orleans; the German Coast was also very powerful ⿞French colonial Louisiana is from 1699 when the capital is built but takes off in the 1700s with New Orleans; it was an undeveloped settlement with poor leadership and little structure; no cash crops; lazy colonists; care free lifestyle; hard work was not emphasized 9/12 STUDY TERMS- SPANISH COLONIAL LOUISIANA • Treaty of Fountainbleu (1762) • Treaty of Paris (1763) • British West Florida • Isle of Orleans • Revolt of 1768 • Antonio de Ulloa • Acadians • Islenos • Alejandro "Bloody" O'Reilly • Cabildo • James Willing Expedition • Bernardo de Gálvez • "Yo Solo" • Oliver Pollock • "Kantocks" • Esteban Rodriguez Miro • Good Friday - March 21, 1788 • December 8, 1894 • Don Andres Almonaster Y Rojas • French Revolution (1789) • Pere Antoine (Antonio de Sedella) • Pinckney's Treaty (1795) • Fransisco Luis Hector de Carondelta • Treaty of San Ildefanso (1800) • Dionesio Braud • Gilbert Guillemard • Coarctation • Marie Therese Metoyer - CoinCoin • Etienne de Bore • 7 years war ⿞Between France and Great Britain (both sides had native Americans on their side) ⿞The British are more successful than the French ⿞Once the French sense the British will win the war, the French chose to give the territory to Spain rather than lose it to the British ⿞Spain had everything west of the Mississippi River and a small sliver on the east side; the British portion on the east side of the Mississippi River became "west Florida" ⿞As of 1763, Spain now controls what used to be French Louisiana • Spanish Louisiana ⿞Spanish Inquisition ‣ People were tortured until they voiced their beliefs for the Roman Catholic Church ⿞The people of Louisiana wanted to remain French and their laid back lives; they didn't want to be Spanish ⿞The customs and language of the French remained throughout the land ⿞The Spanish never threaten their culture; no Spanish presence was around; the colonists' fears were relieved for the time being ⿞Shortly after, a letter arrives saying a Spanish governor will arrive to take control • First Acadians arrive in LA 1764-1765 ⿞From the north ⿞Settled in the Mississippi River north of the German coast; upriver of New Orleans but south of Baton Rouge • Antonio de Ulloa ⿞New Spanish governor for Louisiana ⿞Military officer but most known for his writings and professional science and astrology work outside of the military ⿞Arrives in Louisiana in March of 1766 with less than 100 soldiers ⿞Wants to conduct experiments near the river tracking the stores, etc. ⿞He doesn't remove the French flag; continues to rule through French administrators ⿞Leaves Nola and visits all the other colonies; reorganized things for their own good ⿞Issues new trade restrictions that the colonists did not like; ended up fueling the growth of the colony and being beneficial; he was trying to do the right thing regardless that they were mad at him ⿞Has a young bride from South America; colonists planned a ceremony; Ulloa shuns the colonists from any such events • The LA Revolt of 1768 Timeline ⿞Spring 1763 - LA transferred to the Spanish ⿞Fall 1764 - news of transfer arrives in New Orleans ⿞Summer 1765 - Ulloa appointed governor of Louisiana ⿞March 1766 Ulloa arrives in New Orleans ⿞October 29, 1768 - Special meeting of Superior Council ⿞November 1, 1768 - Ulloa leaves New Orleans ⿞August 18, 1769 - O'Reilly arrives in Louisiana ⿞August 21, 1769 - Conspirators arrested ⿞October 24, 1769 - Conspirators executed • Alejandro "Bloody: O'Reilly ⿞Ulloa's replacement ⿞Gains the nickname "bloody" because he quickly had conspirators killed after taking office; these people became martyrs and looked up to from the French ⿞He continues the trade restrictions Ulloa had put into place ⿞He leaves office after a few months and his replacement continues forward his plans to reorganize the colony ⿞The replacement governor marries into one of the original families of the colony; eases the relationship of the governor with his people • 1762-1777 Census ⿞1762 - 7,500 ⿞1769 - 13,500 ⿞1777 - 17,926 • Bernardo de Gálvez ⿞Very young when he was appointed govenor ⿞35 at the time of the American Revolution; not much respect among British soldiers because of his lack of experience • Oliver Pollock ⿞Came to Louisiana from Philadelphia in 1769 ⿞Quickly gains popularity among the people ⿞Becomes successful business man in Louisiana; establishes strong ties between New Orleans and Philadelphia • Louisina and the American Revolution ⿞1769- Oliver Pollock resettles in new orleans ⿞Jan 1777- Gálvez appointed govenor of Louisiana ⿞1777- Pollock appointed American commerce agent at New Orleans ⿞1778- James Willing Expedition ⿞April 1779- Spain joins forces with the American colonies (previous to this they were neutral) ⿞Sept 21, 1779- Gálvez captures Baton Rouge ⿞Oct 5, 1779- Spain take control of Natchez ⿞March 14, 1780- Gálvez captures mobile ⿞May 10, 1781- Spain captures Pensecola ⿞Treaty of Peace of 1783: All of East and West Florida returned to Spain • Battle of Pensacola 1781 ⿞Gálvez wanted to push the assault forward but the Spanish leaders said no ⿞Gálvez decides he's ready to attack and sends ships into Pensecola Bay ⿞The turning point in the battle was one of the magazines where bullets were carried blew up and killed half of the fort of soldiers that were there ⿞Gálvez is seen as the hero of the battle ⿞Bernardo de Gálvez = "Yo Solo" ⿞Creole= not brisith; applies to the French and Spanish people of Louisiana


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