Creolizing Currents: Bambara

Pointe Coupée, Lousiana, 1732

Map by Le Sieur d'Anville showing how both engagés (indentures) and settlers from France and captifs from Africa arrived at the Poste de la Pointe Coupée or False River. In a copy made by Glenn C. Morgan, the cartographer lists the arrival of settlers and engagés for the Sainte-Reyne Concession.

On November 9, 1720 the Loire (ship) arrived at Ship Island (Isle Aux Vaisseaux) with workers for the Sainte-Reyne Concession. Most were from Hainault. By 1729 Hainault colonists De Cuir, Legros, Bonnett, Hainaud, Alard, Haussy, Pailliar, Anotiaú, Daublin, Bienvenu and De Coux were living along the banks of the Mississippi river at Pointe Coupée They along with other French settlers, formed the nucleus of the early settlement and Christian community there. They were soon joined by others, including the Hainault families of Calais, Delatte, Demaret, Guichard and Pourciau.

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