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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 Karl Fredrick Darensbourg, first commandant of the German Coast, and have been abstracted by..." Read More


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Karl Fredrick Darensbourg

"Captain Karl Fredrick Darensbourg, a German-speaking Swedish soldier, left France on the Portefaix on March 7, 1721, bringing with him three hundred German-speaking Swiss and Alsatian colonists bound for Louisiana from the Alsace- Lorraine area. When they arrived in Old Biloxi on June 4, 1721, Bienville appointed Darensbourg commandant. On December 15, Governor Bienville..." Read More