“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Iberia in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Becoming New Iberia

Becoming New Iberia Marker image. Click for full size.
October 7, 2016
1. Becoming New Iberia Marker
Inscription. In 1779, a group of about 500 Spanish settlers moved from Malaga, Spain to the banks of Bayou Teche and founded the city of "Nueva Iberia," named after their Iberian Peninsula. It is the only town still in existence in Louisiana to be founded by Spaniards during the Colonial Era. Local French-Canadian "Acadians," or "Cajuns" as they have come to be known, who were exiled from their homeland of Nova Scotia in the late 1700s, preferred to call the city "Nouvelle Ibérie." Following the Louisiana Purchase, English settlers adopted "New Town' as the city's name. Settled by compromise, even our name "New Iberia" is reflective of the coming together of cultures.

Each group brought from their European homelands distinct languages, cultures and rules of law that governed the city. Native Americans and African Americans also contributed to the melding of these cultures to create a distinct flavor not found anywhere else in the world. Be sure to see the trilingual plaques on buildings throughout the Main Street area for more information on New Iberia's History.
Erected by City of New Iberia.
Location. 30° 0.171′ N, 91° 48.801′ W. Marker is in New Iberia, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker can be reached from East
Becoming New Iberia Marker image. Click for full size.
October 7, 2016
2. Becoming New Iberia Marker
Main Styreet (State Highway 182) near Civic Center Circle, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 445 East Main Street, New Iberia LA 70563, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Félicité (here, next to this marker); Frédéric Henri Duperier (here, next to this marker); The Original New Iberia Fire Bell (a few steps from this marker); New Iberia (a few steps from this marker); Frederick Larned Gates (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Weeks' Grove (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shadows-On-The-Teche (approx. 0.2 miles away); The United States Post Office - Circa 1903 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Iberia.
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on . This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on . • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 13, 2016.
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