Memoirs of My Life

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Overview

Pierre Clément de Laussat was the last representative of a foreign power to exercise authority in Louisiana. Appointed colonial prefect by Napoleon Bonaparte, Laussat departed for Louisiana in January 1803 to preside over the formal retrocession of the colony from Spain to France, only to have his mission altered entirely by the Louisiana Purchase on April 30, 1803. These memoirs, covering the period from January 1803 to July 1804, provide a unique firsthand perspective on the momentous transaction that doubled the size of the United States.

Laussat pens very personal observations on Louisiana's people and customs, Spanish and American officials with whom he had frequent contact, the local physical environment and economic system, and the formalities involved with the transfer of the colony to the United States. Memoirs of My Life furnishes rare insights into culture, politics, and everyday life in early-nineteenth-century Louisiana.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807128701
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,310,401
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Agnes-Josephine Pastwa (1907—1986), a sister of the Order of St. Francis, was French department head at Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio. She also translated Louisiana, Napoleon, and the United States: An Autobiography of Pierre Clément de Laussat, 1756—1835.

Robert D. Bush is the former head of research for the Historic New Orleans Collection and the editor of two other books, The First Constitution of the State of Louisiana and Observations on the Colony of Louisiana from 1796 to 1802.He is currently the special projects coordinator for the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent agency of the United States government, and lives in Commerce City, Colorado.

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