“. . . first history of Louisiana which merits this name.”
—Marc de Villiers du Terrage, author of Les Dernières Années de la Louisiane Française
François Xavier Martin’s The History of Louisiana is considered to be the first written history of the state. It expands upon Louisiana’s rise to statehood, beginning with the discovery of America and culminating in the War of 1812. Martin wrote the book as a way to preserve Louisiana’s history and culture for future generations. This edition provides a complete index, an introduction by Professor Robert C. Reinders, and a biography of the author by Judge W. W. Howe.
The History of Louisiana traces the original expulsion of the French, the subsequent Spanish rule, the influences of the French Napoleonic code on the English rule, and the repercussions of the Louisiana Purchase. It provides information on the internal and external struggles that Louisiana encountered as a territory and their effects on the shape of the state’s culture. Martin navigates Louisiana written law and provides an explanation of the rules and regulations that were implemented.
About the Author
Martin was born in Marseille, France. He lived in North Carolina until James Madison appointed him judge of the territory of Orleans in 1810. In 1812, when Louisiana became a part of the nation, Martin became state attorney general, and in 1815, he became a judge of the Louisiana Superior Court. Martin also wrote The History of North Carolina as well as legal reports on various cases. He died in New Orleans in 1848.
HISTORY OF LOUISIANA
By François Xavier Martin
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South
BIOGRAPHY / Autobiography / Historical
556 pp. 8 x 5
ISBN: 9781565545366 pb (F)