Germans Of Louisiana
Germans of Louisiana
During the antebellum period, New Orleans was the largest German colony below the Mason-Dixon line. Later settlements moved upriver between New Orleans and Donaldsonville, near Lecompte, and in North Louisiana near Minden. Germans of Louisiana is the first unified published study of the influence the German people made on the state of Louisiana and its inhabitants. Beginning with the French and Spanish colonial periods and working through the post-Civil War period, this book covers the heritage those German settlers left behind.
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Germans formed the largest foreign-speaking ethnic group of nineteenth-century Louisiana, larger than all the others combined. During the antebellum period, an estimated 12 percent of the New Orleans population was German, making the city the largest German colony below the Mason-Dixon line. Other significant settlements were established in north Louisiana near Minden and in the Louisiana prairie near Rayne. Today, descendents of these immigrants make up over a fourth of the population. This book examines the state's German buildings, towns, monuments, prominent individuals, and more. This first comprehensive study of the German history and heritage of Louisiana provides information on the historical background of the colonial era, as well...