1805
Until now, Territory of Orleans is ruled by royal government.

1805 Aaron Burr heads to New Orleans after the murder of Alexander Hamilton.
 
1805 
The popular “quadroon balls” begin and continue throughout the antebellum period. 
  1808
The first Louisiana public school is established in Pointe Coupee Parish

1808
Internal and domestic slave trade increases.

1808
A new civil law, based on the Napoleonic Code, replaces common law.

1808
Some slaves fake injuries to lower their own price value in hopes to be sold with their family.
  1812  
The first steamboat, appropriately called “New Orleans,” docks at the city’s port.

1812
January 22:Louisiana’s first state constitution is adopted
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1812  
Bishop Louis Dubourg administers the newly named Diocese of Louisiana
  1819
The Washington heads to Louisville from New Orleans and back in 41 days.

1819
Adams Onis Treaty

1820
The Missouri Compromise
  1824 
Andrew Jackson runs for president for the first time but does not win

1824
John Horton donated the land that made up Jackson, originally named Buncombe after his home in North Carolina.
  1827
First Road Improvement bill funds roadways.

1827
The Catholic Church separates the Diocese of New Orleans from the rest of the Diocese of Louisiana.

1828
Andrew Jackson is elected president

1828
First Synagogue is established in New Orleans
  1832
The Board of Public Works is established.

1832
Cholera epidemic kills 6,000 people in Louisiana

1833 Captain Shreve begins work breaking up the Red River Raft, a mass of debris that stretches nearly 200 miles

1833
" Gumbo” is the African word for okra.
  1837
J McDonogh leaves $750,000 for schools. N. O. Picayune is established

1837
A major depression throughout the United States causes manufacturing to decrease.

1837
Shreveport is founded
  1843
James Dakin designs the Medical College of Louisiana

1843
Saint Joseph’s Church in Baton Rouge decides to perform mass in English rather than in French. 

1843
The Baton Rouge Gazette ceases to publish in both English and French
  1848
The Telegraph reaches New Orleans

1848
Cotton is King.

1848
General Zachary Taylor is elected President.

1848
In New Orleans, free men of color form a religious corporation, the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 
  1852
Germans contribute to Louisiana culture.

1852
Louisiana Constitution is revised

1853
One of the German-language newspapers blames the yellow fever epidemic on slavery.

1853
Yellow Fever kills 11,000 in New Orleans
  1856
New Orleans houses the leading lithography firm.

1856
Board of Public Works develops a system of levee districts to maintain the levees by sections.

1856
Robert Wickliffe is elected Governor.
  1859
French Opera House opens in New Orleans.

1859
The Legislature allows free men of color to pick a master and become a slave.

1859
Paul Morphy from New Orleans becomes the unofficial world champion of chess
 
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1803
The United States formally receives Louisiana following the Louisiana Purchase.

1804
Thomas Jefferson writes to the Ursuline Nuns guaranteeing autonomy for the convent.

1804
New Orleans is the only area east of the Mississippi to be considered part of the Louisiana Territory.

1806 
Explorer Zebulon Pike is sent by General Wilkinson to accurately map the Red and Arkansas Rivers

1806 
The first Methodist congregation is established in Opelousas.

1806
The first Americans to arrive in Louisiana are from the west and are referred to as “Kaintucks".

1807 
St. Philip Street Theater in New Orleans is completed.

1807 
The legislature creates nineteen electoral units and officially changes the term “counties” to “parishes.”

1807
The term Creole originates from the Portuguese language, translated  “of the colony.”
  1809 
Louisiana reaches its population requirement and petitions for statehood

1809
Most houses keep netting over the beds to keep mosquitoes away at night.

1810

1810
The Spanish Crown forbids Protestants living in Spanish territory from holding public worship services.

1811
College of Orleans is established on Ursuline St. as Louisiana’s first college.

1811 
February 16: President James Madision signs a bill granting Louisiana admission to the United States as the eighteenth state


1811 
Charles Deslonde leads the largest slave uprising to occur in the United States. 
  1814
Federal raid destroys the Baratarian camp

1815 Battle of New Orleans

1816 
The Washington is built. 

1816 
W.C.Claiborne, now 42, is elected by legislature to the U.S. Senate

1816 
The Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Jackson is built.

1817
Ribbon cane is introduced and is cultivated for the next few years.

1817 
Presbyterian Church is established in New Orleans.
  1821
In New Orleans, John James Audubon teaches students how to draw.

1821
Port of New Orleans registers 75 steamboats

1822
Liberia is founded as the home for freed U.S. slaves

1822
Fort Jessup is built at the boundary line between the United States and Spanish Texas.

1823
The first American theater opens in New Orleans.

1823
The first natural gas field is found at a depth of 400 feet

1823
American Legislators try to move the capital from New Orleans to the West Florida region.
  1825
The College of Louisiana is established at Jackson.

1825
Marquis de Lafayette visits New Orleans.

1825
The West Wing dormitory of the College of Louisiana still exists & is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

1826
The College of Orleans closes and replaced with two primary schools and a central school.

1826 About 700 steamboats in New Orleans
  1830
Louisiana Law prohibits the teaching of slaves to read and write

1830
The world’s demand for cotton is growing.

1830
The Legislature meets for the first and last time in Donaldsonville.

1830
Because slaves cannot be taught to read or write, all knowledge is conveyed orally.

1831
Severe Storms and floods disrupt New Orleans

1831
Passengers call the Ponchartrain Railroad “Smoky Mary”
  1834
In New Orleans, Medical College of Louisiana, is chartered by the state.

1834
The Whig party formally enters Louisiana.

1834
St. Patrick’s Church in New Orleans is established.

1836
New Basin Canal is completed.

  1838
New Orleans’ first Mardi Gras parade

1839
Lyon, a free man of color, returns to New Orleans from France & introduces the Daguerreotype Process.

1840
Theatre De La Renaissance opens in New Orleans featuring an all black cast.

1840
Antoine's, the oldest restaurant in New Orleans still in operation, is established.

1841
Louisiana’s first public school system is developed in New Orleans. 
  1845
Les Cenelles (Holly Berries) is published by The New Orleans group.

1845
About 2,500 steamboats are in New Orleans.

1845
Louisiana’s original constitution is rewritten

1845
The medical College of Louisiana is recognized as the University of Louisiana by the Constitution of 1845.

1846
Elias Howe patents the sewing machine

1847
Work begins on the State Capital in Baton Rouge.
  1849
M. Gignac opens a school for African American children.

1849
Baton Rouge officially becomes capital

1849
Architect James Dakin designs the Baton Rouge’s capital building
 
1850
Baton Rouge’s capital building is completed.

1850
Republican Party is born. 

1850
Sister of Charity of Donaldsonville is finished

1850
Louisiana is noted as having the highest death rate of any state in the union.
  1854
20,000 people watch the horse race between Lexington and Lecomte. 

1854
Kansas-Nebraska Act allows territories to decide whether they would allow slavery.

1855
New Orleans opens its first teacher training school.

1855
Slave owners are now required to sue the state in court and for a jury to decide whether to free a slave
  1857
The first formal carnival organization is established.

1857
Emancipations of any kind are prohibited.

1858
Sugar prices are the highest ever pulling in the highest profits in the South.
  1860
Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy is established.

1860
Louisiana ranks among the best of banking systems.

1860
South Carolina is the first State to secede from the United States.

1860
Louisiana is home to the largest Jewish population in the South.

1861
The Secession Convention lasted three days to decide to secede.




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