Iberia Parish, Louisiana (Images of America Series)

Overview

In the mid-1700s, the French explored the area that is now Iberia Parish. By 1765, many Acadians arrived, and the Spanish settled along the Bayou Teche in 1779. They named the area Nueva Iberia after the Iberian Peninsula in Spain. Sugarcane plantations along Bayou Teche attracted Anglo-Americans and their slaves. In the mid-19th century, with the second Francophile migrations, French became the dominant language. By the end of Reconstruction, distinctions between Acadians and neighboring groups blurred, giving ...

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Overview

In the mid-1700s, the French explored the area that is now Iberia Parish. By 1765, many Acadians arrived, and the Spanish settled along the Bayou Teche in 1779. They named the area Nueva Iberia after the Iberian Peninsula in Spain. Sugarcane plantations along Bayou Teche attracted Anglo-Americans and their slaves. In the mid-19th century, with the second Francophile migrations, French became the dominant language. By the end of Reconstruction, distinctions between Acadians and neighboring groups blurred, giving rise to a new people—the Cajuns. Today, Iberians stay true to their agrarian roots, as evidenced in farming, ranching, fishing, and hunting. Religion remains strong, and the arts are encouraged. Iberia Parish is known as the hottest (Tabasco), sweetest (sugarcane), oiliest (oil drilling), and saltiest (salt mines) place on earth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738591759
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 6/11/2012
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,394,066
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nelwyn Hebert, a lifelong resident of Iberia Parish, is an evaluator for the Louisiana Department of Education and a resource coordinator for the Iberia Parish School System, as well as a retired educator. Warren A. Perrin, a lawyer from Lafayette, was president of the task force of FrancoFête '99, author of Acadian Redemption and Vermilion Parish, founder of the Acadian Museum, and president of CODOFIL from 1994 to 2010.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgment 6

Introduction 1

1 The Early Years 17

2 Attakapas District 9

3 Geography and Bounties of the Land 25

4 Communities 31

5 Major Attractions and Affairs 39

6 Cultures and Customs 49

7 Major Events 55

8 Interesting Characters 73

9 Social and Cultural Life 91

Epilogue 125

Museum Mission Statements 126

Bibliography 127

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