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Chalmette in Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

After the Battle

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

 
 
After the Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 31, 2016
1. After the Battle Marker
Inscription. The destruction of their plantation during the Battle of New Orleans left the de Chalmet family in financial trouble. In 1817 brothers Hilaire and Louis St. Amand bought the land. The St. Amands were prominent free people of color who already owned several plantations. In the early 1800s, it was not unusual for free people of color to own plantations and slaves in Louisiana. The brothers rebuilt the property, repairing the damage caused by the Battle of New Orleans and returning the land to sugar production at a time when the industry was growing rapidly in south Louisiana.

Sugarcane juice was boiled to evaporate the liquid and leave the crystalized sugar, a hazardous task for the slaves who used long-handled ladles to transfer boiling cane juice between kettles and pans. Norbert Rillieux, a free man of color, changed the industry forever in 1843 when he developed the multi-stage evaporator, which used condensers rather than open kettles.

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Rillieux's multi-stage evaporator was recognized by the American Chemical Society in 2002 as one of the greatest innovations in chemical engineering.

Benson Lossing's Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812 portrays Chalmet's plantation and the battlefield as a tourist destination in 1861.

Before the Civil War, vast fortunes were made by producing sugar from sugar cane; slaves did most of the work, which was difficult and dangerous.
 
Erected by National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 29° 56.424′ N, 89° 59.656′ W. Marker is in Chalmette, Louisiana, in Saint Bernard Parish. Marker is on River Road 0.7 miles west of Pompano Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Road within the Chalmette Battlefield portion of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Marker is in this post office area: Chalmette LA 70043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Malus-Beauregard House (here, next to this marker); Battery One and Forward Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle on the West Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Redoubt and Battery 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); The West Bank Assault (within shouting distance of this marker); Attack Along the River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Major Samuel Spotts U.S.A. (about 300 feet away); Chalmet Plantation (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chalmette.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chalmette Battlefield. (Submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Norbert Rillieux and the Multiple Effect Evaporator. (Submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 37 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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