The Seafood Capital of the World: Biloxi's Maritime History

The Seafood Capital of the World: Biloxi's Maritime History

by Edmond Boudreaux

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The Seafood Capital of the World: Biloxi's Maritime History by Edmond Boudreaux

Predating Even Colonial America, Biloxi was established for its welcoming gulf shore-both a home for traders and a beacon for explorers of the mainland. Geography made Biloxi a historic maritime hub of trade and travel; the seafood industry made it a vibrant, thriving community. Thanks to the efforts of a variety of diverse ethnic groups, Biloxi was dubbed the "Seafood Capital of the World" at the turn of the twentieth century. By the 1920s, there were more than forty seafood factories occupying two bustling cannery districts. Cajuns with deep ties to the region, industrious Croatian immigrants and hardworking Vietnamese émigrés all contributed to Biloxi's seafood industry. Through the Civil War, devastating hurricanes and shifting economies, these hard-fishing families have endured, building Biloxi and forming its character.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609492847
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 07/21/2011
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Edmond Boudreaux is a local historian and history columnist from Saucier, Mississippi. Boudreaux is an award-winning archaeologist and decorated veteran and is the author the 2011 History Press book, The Seafood Capital of the World: Biloxi's Maritime History.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 Coastal Native Americans 11

2 Frenchmen, British and Spaniards 23

3 Queen of the Watering Holes 38

4 Arrival of the Seafood Industry 47

5 Pioneers of the Seafood Industry 56

6 Slavonian, Bohemian, Gajun and Vietnamese Seafood Workers 66

7 Wooden Boat Races and White-Winged Queens 77

8 Blessing of the Fleet 85

9 Hurricanes 91

10 Biloxi's Historic Restaurants 100

11 End of an Era 110

References 117

Index 123

About the Author 127

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