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Ships' Passenger Lists to Louisiana Before 1820

Didn't find your ancestor on my free ships' passenger lists? Search Ships Passenger Lists To Louisiana on a trial period free access to Ancestry.com. Their Louisiana Immigration Records includes immigration and naturalizations records such as Louisiana State Database, Louisiana Land Grants, New Orleans, 1820-1850 Passenger Lists, Louisiana Marriages to 1850, Louisiana Census, 1810-1930, Louisiana City Parish Index

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Immigrants to Lousiana

Colonial Louisiana was made up of people of French, Canadian, Spanish, Latin American, Anglo, German, and African descent. Spaniards were the first into the Mississippi River region in the 16th Century. In 1681 the French explorer LaSalle explored the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. In honour of King Louis of France, he called the territory from Canada to the Gulf Louisiana. In 1699, Iberville explored the Gulf Coast and established French forts.

The King of France gave the Compagnie des Indies a 25 year monopoly in 1717 to bring 6000 white settlers and 3000 black slaves to the Louisiana colony. Those who survived disease, malnutrition and the mosquito-infested swamps often took off to search for gold.

Compagnie des Indes awarded large land grants called concessions to wealthy landowners. These landowners then paid the expenses for the engages who were indentured for three years. At the end of that period the engages became land owners with grants of their own.

In 1719 the City of New Orleans was founded. On 6 June 1719, two ships of the Compagnie des Indes, the Grand Duc du Maine and the Aurore disembarked at Pensacola from Guinea with a cargo of 500 black slaves. They began to prepare for the eminent Spanish attack.

In 1719 John Law, originally from Scotland, and now Treasurer of the King's coffers in France, devised a scheme to populate Louisiana. Free transportation was promised. About 10,000 Swiss, German, Belgian and Austrian families showed up at the French ports. The ships were not ready to transport them. Crowded quarters, exposure to the elements, lack of food, unsanitary conditions and disease took the lives of half. When the Pest Ships finally sailed, conditions had not improved and over half the passengers died in route to Louisiana.

These ships landed in Biloxi Louisiana in 1720. The French were ill-prepared for boatloads of sick and starving immigrants and more deaths occured. Some of the settlers were sent to a concession on the Arkansas River where many were massacred by Indians. The few Germans who came to New Orleans demanded passage back to Europe. They were released from bondage and given land grants along the Mississsippi River above New Orleans.

Immigrants to Louisiana is a project brought to you by Olive Tree Genealogy, and consists of lists of Grantees, private passengers, infantry officers, cadets, soldiers, people exiled by the King, and others who went on board ships at La Rochelle, France to sail to Louisiana 1718-1724. Choose from the ships below to view the names

1718
Olive Tree Genealogy free ships passenger listCount de Toulouse - La Rochelle France to Louisiana 15 Nov. 1718
1719
Olive Tree Genealogy free ships passenger listLe Philippe - La Rochelle France to Louisiana 25 Jan. 1719
Olive Tree Genealogy free ships passenger listLe St. Louis (The St. Louis) - La Rochelle France to Louisiana 21 March 1719
Olive Tree Genealogy free ships passenger listThe Marie - La Rochelle France to Louisiana 28 May 1719
Olive Tree Genealogy free ships passenger listThe Union - La Rochelle France to Louisiana 28 May 1719
Olive Tree Genealogy free ships passenger listLes Deux Freres (Two Brothers) - La Rochelle France to Louisiana 19 Aug. 1719
Olive Tree Genealogy free ships passenger listLe Marechal d'Estrees - La Rochelle France to Lousiana 19 Aug. 1719
Olive Tree Genealogy free ships passenger listLe Duc de Noailles - La Rochelle France to Lousiana 16 Sept. 1719
Olive Tree Genealogy free ships passenger listLa Duchesse de Noailles - From Louisiana to La Rochelle France (no date)
1785
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy DatabaseL'Amitie France to Louisiana New Orleans on November 8, 1785
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy DatabaseLe Bon Papa France to Louisiana New Orleans on July 29, 1785
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy DatabaseLa Bergere France to Louisiana New Orleans on August 15, 1785
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy DatabaseLe Beaumont France to Louisiana New Orleans on August 19, 1785
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy DatabaseLa Caroline France to Louisiana New Orleans on December 17, 1785
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy DatabaseLe Saint-Remi France to Louisiana New Orleans on September 10, 1785
Not an Olive Tree Genealogy DatabaseLa Ville d'Archangel France to Louisiana New Orleans on December 3, 1785

Until January 1, 1820, the U.S. Federal Government did not require require captains or masters of vessels to present a passenger list to U.S. officials. Thus, as a general rule, NARA does not have passenger lists of vessels arriving before January 1, 1820. However, arrivals at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1813-1819, are reproduced in NARA microfilm publication Roll 1 of M2009, Work Projects Administration Transcript of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1813-1849 (2 rolls).

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