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Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, LA

The French were the first Europeans to colonize the area. They named the site Lafourche-des-Chitimachas, after the regional indigenous people and the local bayou, which they gave the same name. They developed agriculture in the parish, mainly as sugar cane plantations worked by African slave labor.

Acadians, expelled by the British from Acadia in 1755, began to settle in the area from 1756 to 1785, where they developed small subsistence farms. Spanish Islenos also settled here. In 1772 when the territory was under Spanish rule, the militia constructed La Iglesia de la Ascension de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo de Lafourche de los Chetimaches (the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church of Lafourche of the Chitimaches) to serve the area. The region returned later to French control for a time.

This area was included in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and became part of the United States.

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  • News 1848 - TERRIBLE STEAMBOAT DISASTER
    The steamboat Yalabusha, CAPT. SCOTT, loaded with cotton, on her trip from Red River to New Orleans, on Tuesday the 25th alt., was burned to the...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Donaldsonville
    Donaldsonville, a town and river port, capital of Ascension parish, Louisiana, on the right bank of the Mississippi river, at the head of Bayou La...Read MORE...


  • 1863 - July 3 - Battle of Donaldsonville, LA

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  • 1895 - Donaldsonville
    Don'aldsonville, a post-village, capital of Ascension Parish, La., on the right or W. bank of the Mississippi River, and on the New Orleans & Texas...Read MORE...


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  • 1916
    Donaldsonville, a banking post-town, capital of Ascension parish, La., on the right or W. bank of the Mississippi River, and on the Texas and Pacific ...Read MORE...


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  • News  1848 - TERRIBLE STEAMBOAT DISASTER
    The steamboat Yalabusha, CAPT. SCOTT, loaded with cotton, on her trip from Red River to New Orleans, on Tuesday the 25th alt., was burned to the... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Donaldsonville
    Donaldsonville, a town and river port, capital of Ascension parish, Louisiana, on the right bank of the Mississippi river, at the head of Bayou La... Read MORE...

  • 1863 - July 3 - Battle of Donaldsonville, LA

    historyorb.com
  • 1895 - Donaldsonville
    Don'aldsonville, a post-village, capital of Ascension Parish, La., on the right or W. bank of the Mississippi River, and on the New Orleans & Texas... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Donaldsonville, a banking post-town, capital of Ascension parish, La., on the right or W. bank of the Mississippi River, and on the Texas and Pacific ... Read MORE...

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