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Workers fell cypress trees at George Cousin’s
Camp from 1912 to 1918.

Plantations to Petroleum - East Bank: West Bank Commerce

Magnificent forests of oak and other hardwoods were cleared along with cypress trees, which dominated the swamps of the area. Draping the magnificent trees in the marshes was moss, a valuable commodity since colonial and antebellum days when it was used in the bousillage... Read More

General Alexander O’Reilly. (Sketch by Janis Blair)


France’s King Louis XV gave Louisiana to his Spanish cousin, Charles III, in the formal Treaty of Fountainbleau signed on November 3, 1762. However, Spanish Governor Don Antonio de Ulloa did not arrive in Louisiana until 1766. Colonists preferred to remain under... Read More