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The Darensbourg Records. 1
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Jean Baptiste le Moyne
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The Darensbourg Records, 1734–1769.

The Darensbourg Records

The Darensbourg Records are the earliest original acts of St. Charles Parish date from 1734, only three years after Louisiana became a crown colony. These historic documents are housed in the St. Charles Parish Courthouse. These first documents were recorded by... Read More

Father of Louisiana
Jean Baptiste le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. (Sketch by Janis Blair)

Immigration and Settlement

In 1698, nobleman Pierre le Moyne, Sieur d’Iberville, a Canadian war hero, was selected along with his younger brother, Jean Baptiste le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, to lead the expedition to establish a settlement and a French military outpost near the Mississippi River... Read More

Karl Fredrick Darensbourg. (Photo courtesy Tulane University, Special Collections, Kuntz Collection)

Darensbourg's Life

Karl Fredrick Darensbourg, the first commandant of the German Coast, served for over forty-eight years. He was beloved by the people of the German Coast. Darensbourg was born on January 25, 1694, in Stettin, Pomerania (presently Poland, but... Read More