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Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Grand Isle

Circa 1781

 
 
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November 25, 2016
1. Grand Isle Marker
Inscription. One of several barrier islands formed about one thousand years ago when the Mississippi River flowed through Bayou Lafourche on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Today Grand Isle is Louisiana's best known island resort. The Island was settled during the years of Spanish rule in Louisiana and from 1781-1787 four Royal Land Grants were given by Governor Galvez to Jacques Rigaud, Joseph Caillet, Francois Anfrey and Charles Dufresne. In the early 1800s, Jean Lafitte, claimed by many to be a pirate though he called himself a privateer, inhabited the area operating a fort and a slave barracoon.
 
Location. 29° 14.58′ N, 89° 58.644′ W. Marker is in Grand Isle, Louisiana, in Jefferson Parish. Marker is on State Highway 1 east of Willow Lane, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in front of the Grand Isle Civic Center/Multi Purpose building. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Isle LA 70358, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 32 - Pounder (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Livingston (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Grand Isle (within shouting
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November 25, 2016
2. Grand Isle Marker
distance of this marker); Cheniere Caminada Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); Parish of Jefferson (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Grand Isle. A "barracoon" as mentioned in the marker text was a holding cell for slaves. Jean Lafitte (c. 1780 – c. 1823), as a French pirate or privateer, would hijack slave ships in the Gulf of Mexico area.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2016, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2016.
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