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Darrow in Ascension Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Tezcuco Plantation

 
 
Tezcuco Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
July 10, 2015
1. Tezcuco Plantation Marker
Inscription. Built in 1855 by Benjamin F. Tureaud, kinsman of Bringier family. Constructed of homemade red brick and Louisiana cypress. Purchased in 1888 by Dr. Julian T. Bringier. Retained by relatives until the 1940s.
 
Erected 1974 by Louisiana Tourist Development Commission.
 
Location. 30° 6.922′ N, 90° 54.669′ W. Marker is in Darrow, Louisiana, in Ascension Parish. Marker is on River Road (State Highway 44) 1.2 miles north of Sunshine Bridge (State Highway 70), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Darrow LA 70725, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Mary's Chapel (approx. 2 miles away); Bocage Plantation (approx. 2.6 miles away); Ascension Catholic Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Francis T. Nicholls (approx. 4.7 miles away); War Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Donaldsonville (approx. 4.8 miles away); Walter Lemann, Sr. Pumping Station (approx. 4.8 miles away); Fort Butler UDC Monument (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Tezcuco Plantation. Tezcuco Plantation burned to the ground in May of 2002. All that remains on site is the marker, fence and
Tezcuco Plantation site image. Click for full size.
July 10, 2015
2. Tezcuco Plantation site
The marker is to the right of this gate.
foundation. Owned by Motiva Petrochemicals.
 
Additional comments.
1. Additional history of the Tezcuco Plantation
"Maurice Bringier’s grandson Benjamin built Tezcuco in 1855, after marrying his cousin Aglae, daughter of Michel Doradou Bringier, who lived at nearby Hermitage Plantation. The house was named after a village on Lake Tezcuco, Montezuma’s refuge, or resting place, in his flight from Cortez. The bed of the lake, Texcoco (the Spanish spelling of the Aztec name), became the site of Mexico City" from Romantic New Orleans, by Deirdre Stanforth, 1979, Pelican Publishing. This excerpt is interesting as it indicates that the name of the plantation came from the Mexican town of Texcoco. The papers of Benjamin Turead at Louisiana State University also include information about the "Phoenix Company" of Louisiana in the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. This unit fought in the Battle of Monterrey and then was reformed (thus the name "Phoenix") and continued in service until the end of the war. It is likely that Benjamin Turead was in this unit and potentially served in Texcoco, thus naming his future plantation house after the town a few years later (1855) when he returned to the United States.

As a side note, the above quote is somewhat incorrect, as the name of the town Texcoco probably
Tezcuco Plantation (before it burned in 2002) image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 1, 1965
3. Tezcuco Plantation (before it burned in 2002)
does not mean 'resting place', but rather might mean 'place of the flowered cliffs' in Nahuatl. Also, it was not a resting place for Montezuma, who never fled from Cortez, but rather it was a place where Cortez regrouped after the disastrous "Night of Sorrows" of June 30, 1520 when he was almost completely routed by the Aztecs. It is likely that over time the story was misinterpreted and passed on as family lore.
    — Submitted September 13, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

 
Categories. Antebellum South, US
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2015. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2015.   3. submitted on September 11, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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