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The Heart of Louisiana: Fort De LaBoulaye

It's been missing for more than 30 years...until now!

Fort De LaBoulaye

One of the most historical sites in Louisiana, a Mississippi River fort built by early French explorers succeeded in turning around the British. But that settlement was lost for more than two centuries. The historical marker, first placed along a marshy canal in Plaquemines Parish and then moved to the side of the highway before it disappeared, commemorates one of the most important events in Louisiana.

 

Fort De La Boulaye was built by French explorers Iberville and Bienville in the year 1699.

 

Due to flooding at the location, after just seven years, Fort De La Boulaye was abandoned by the French and its existence was lost until a 1930s group of researchers discovered the site, along the Gravolet Canal in eastern Plaquemines Parish, near the small community of Phoenix.

Plaquemines Parish historian James Madere said the old sign was tucked under a stairwell in an abandoned building 10 years ago and decided to return it to the landowners.

 

This celebration recreates a similar event 65 years ago that marks the very ground that French explorers walked on, lived on, and where they staked their claim on the Mississippi River.