The author of this comprehensive history was the first Louisiana historian to document his studies through research in the national archives of France and Spain. Originally published in 1854, this volume tells of the French in Louisiana. The impact felt by this French influence is still evident today in such areas as architecture, religion, and cuisine.
As thorough as it is, this volume tells only the beginning of the story of France’s influence of Louisiana, beginning with the first exploration of the Louisiana territory and extending well into the eighteenth century. The fascinating account of the French in Louisiana is completed in Volume II. While reading, one can also enjoy maps of Louisiana as it was during the time discussed.