Discover Hidden History In Plaquemines Parish

Dated: 06/26/2017

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Fort de la Boulaye is an almost unknown piece of history in Plaquemines Parish. Its history goes back to 1699 when Bienville and Iberville were exploring the area that would become Louisiana. The British and the French were in contention for that land, but the British backed off when the French explorers built a fort to protect the area. Iberville explains that the fort was built with squared logs, had six buildings with six cannons, a cemetery, and was surrounded by a moat. The land was terrible, though. The river continuously flooded the area and it was difficult to get supplies to the men stationed there. The fort was deserted after seven years and was just about forgotten until the 1930’s. For more on the history of the fort, please see Fox 8’s Heart of Louisiana article: http://www.fox8live.com/story/31145860/heart-of-louisiana-fort-de-la-boulaye. In the 1930’s, a group of researchers became curious about seeing references to a fort on old maps and started investigating the area. 92 cypress logs and a cannon were discovered while dredging a canal in Phoenix, Louisiana. This area has proved to be where the first settlers settled in Louisiana. annual-rings-235858_1280.jpg


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