Until now, Territory of Orleans is ruled by royal government.
The popular “quadroon balls” begin and continue throughout the antebellum period.
The first Louisiana public school is established in Pointe Coupee Parish
Internal and domestic slave trade increases.
A new civil law, based on the Napoleonic Code, replaces common law.
Some slaves fake injuries to lower their own price value in hopes to be sold with their family.
The first steamboat, appropriately called “New Orleans,” docks at the city’s port.
January 22:Louisiana’s first state constitution is adopted.
Bishop Louis Dubourg administers the newly named Diocese of Louisiana
The Washington heads to Louisville from New Orleans and back in 41 days.
Adams Onis Treaty
The Missouri Compromise
Andrew Jackson runs for president for the first time but does not win
John Horton donated the land that made up Jackson, originally named Buncombe after his home in North Carolina.
First Road Improvement bill funds roadways.
The Catholic Church separates the Diocese of New Orleans from the rest of the Diocese of Louisiana.
Andrew Jackson is elected president
First Synagogue is established in New Orleans
The Board of Public Works is established.
Cholera epidemic kills 6,000 people in Louisiana
" Gumbo” is the African word for okra.
J McDonogh leaves $750,000 for schools. N. O. Picayune is established
A major depression throughout the United States causes manufacturing to decrease.
Shreveport is founded
James Dakin designs the Medical College of Louisiana
Saint Joseph’s Church in Baton Rouge decides to perform mass in English rather than in French.
The Baton Rouge Gazette ceases to publish in both English and French
The Telegraph reaches New Orleans
Cotton is King.
General Zachary Taylor is elected President.
In New Orleans, free men of color form a religious corporation, the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Germans contribute to Louisiana culture.
Louisiana Constitution is revised
One of the German-language newspapers blames the yellow fever epidemic on slavery.
Yellow Fever kills 11,000 in New Orleans
New Orleans houses the leading lithography firm.
Board of Public Works develops a system of levee districts to maintain the levees by sections.
Robert Wickliffe is elected Governor.
French Opera House opens in New Orleans.
The Legislature allows free men of color to pick a master and become a slave.
Paul Morphy from New Orleans becomes the unofficial world champion of chess
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The United States formally receives Louisiana following the Louisiana Purchase.
Keelboats and flatboats dominate river traffic on the Mississippi.
Thomas Jefferson writes to the Ursuline Nuns guaranteeing autonomy for the convent.
New Orleans is the only area east of the Mississippi to be considered part of the Louisiana Territory.
Explorer Zebulon Pike is sent by General Wilkinson to accurately map the Red and Arkansas Rivers
The first Methodist congregation is established in Opelousas.
The first Americans to arrive in Louisiana are from the west and are referred to as “Kaintucks".
St. Philip Street Theater in New Orleans is completed.
The legislature creates nineteen electoral units and officially changes the term “counties” to “parishes.”
The term Creole originates from the Portuguese language, translated “of the colony.”
Louisiana reaches its population requirement and petitions for statehood
Most houses keep netting over the beds to keep mosquitoes away at night.
The Spanish Crown forbids Protestants living in Spanish territory from holding public worship services.
College of Orleans is established on Ursuline St. as Louisiana’s first college.
February 16: President James Madision signs a bill granting Louisiana admission to the United States as the eighteenth state
Charles Deslonde leads the largest slave uprising to occur in the United States.
Federal raid destroys the Baratarian camp
The Washington is built.
W.C.Claiborne, now 42, is elected by legislature to the U.S. Senate
The Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Jackson is built.
Ribbon cane is introduced and is cultivated for the next few years.
Presbyterian Church is established in New Orleans.
In New Orleans, John James Audubon teaches students how to draw.
Port of New Orleans registers 75 steamboats
Liberia is founded as the home for freed U.S. slaves
Fort Jessup is built at the boundary line between the United States and Spanish Texas.
The first American theater opens in New Orleans.
The first natural gas field is found at a depth of 400 feet
American Legislators try to move the capital from New Orleans to the West Florida region.
The College of Louisiana is established at Jackson.
Marquis de Lafayette visits New Orleans.
The West Wing dormitory of the College of Louisiana still exists & is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The College of Orleans closes and replaced with two primary schools and a central school.
Louisiana Law prohibits the teaching of slaves to read and write
The world’s demand for cotton is growing.
The Legislature meets for the first and last time in Donaldsonville.
Because slaves cannot be taught to read or write, all knowledge is conveyed orally.
Severe Storms and floods disrupt New Orleans
Passengers call the Ponchartrain Railroad “Smoky Mary”
In New Orleans, Medical College of Louisiana, is chartered by the state.
The Whig party formally enters Louisiana.
St. Patrick’s Church in New Orleans is established.
New Basin Canal is completed.
New Orleans’ first Mardi Gras parade
Lyon, a free man of color, returns to New Orleans from France & introduces the Daguerreotype Process.
Theatre De La Renaissance opens in New Orleans featuring an all black cast.
Antoine's, the oldest restaurant in New Orleans still in operation, is established.
Louisiana’s first public school system is developed in New Orleans.
Les Cenelles (Holly Berries) is published by The New Orleans group.
About 2,500 steamboats are in New Orleans.
Louisiana’s original constitution is rewritten
The medical College of Louisiana is recognized as the University of Louisiana by the Constitution of 1845.
Elias Howe patents the sewing machine
Work begins on the State Capital in Baton Rouge.
M. Gignac opens a school for African American children.
Baton Rouge officially becomes capital
Architect James Dakin designs the Baton Rouge’s capital building
Baton Rouge’s capital building is completed.
Republican Party is born.
Sister of Charity of Donaldsonville is finished
Louisiana is noted as having the highest death rate of any state in the union.
20,000 people watch the horse race between Lexington and Lecomte.
Kansas-Nebraska Act allows territories to decide whether they would allow slavery.
New Orleans opens its first teacher training school.
Slave owners are now required to sue the state in court and for a jury to decide whether to free a slave
The first formal carnival organization is established.
Emancipations of any kind are prohibited.
Sugar prices are the highest ever pulling in the highest profits in the South.
Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy is established.
Louisiana ranks among the best of banking systems.
South Carolina is the first State to secede from the United States.
Louisiana is home to the largest Jewish population in the South.
The Secession Convention lasted three days to decide to secede.
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