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

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"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 was a Swedish possession at the time)..." Read More


Map of German Coast Settlements, illustration from book Germans of Louisiana

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