Destrahan in Saint Charles Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Settlement Of The German Coast
Germans readily married into French families, adopted the French language and even accepted Gallicized versions of their names. Crops planted that first year were tobacco, corn, rice, beans, peas and other vegetables. By 1724 Germans located on the Coast were already diverting their surplus agricultural products to the New Orleans markets, becoming the only dependable source of fresh foodstuffs and earning the reputation of being the Colony's breadbasket. By the end of the French era, the German settlement was supplying, especially to the Capital, large amounts of meat, grain, vegetables and other products. Their kitchen gardens were full of fruit trees and their barnyards were full of hogs, cattle and fowls of all kinds. By the end of the Spanish era, the German Coast had become so well known for its abundance that it acquired
What is called here "The German Coast" is the most industrious, the most populous, the most at ease, the most upright, the most respected part of the inhabitants of this colony.
Colonial Prefect of Louisiana Laussat to the Minister of the Interior of France, 1803
Erected by German Coast Community Heritage Project.
Location. 29° 57.251′ N, 90° 23.177′ W. Marker is in Destrahan, Louisiana, in Saint Charles Parish. Marker can be reached from River Road (State Highway 48) 0.3 miles south of Ormond Boulevard, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in the parking lot for the Ormond Plantation complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13786 River Road, Destrehan LA 70047, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Denver" (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Charles Borromeo "Little Red Church" (approx. Saint Charles Borromeo Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Fashion Plantation (approx. one mile away); L'Anse Aux Outardes (approx. 1.2 miles away); Flagville (approx. 1.4 miles away); Destrehan Manor House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mule Barn (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Destrahan.
More about this marker. Location is also the location for weekly German Coast Farmers Market held every Saturday morning.
Also see . . .
1. German Coast Farmers' Market. (Submitted on July 27, 2015.)
2. Ormond Plantation. (Submitted on July 27, 2015.)
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