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South.) Lalouette, Antoine Prudence (1777-1855)
An important manuscript collection including 16 long, closely written letters written from Alabama
Alabama, New Orleans, Paris, and elsewhere, 1821-23. Dozens of items comprising scores of pages. Very good condition, the letters neatly penned and legible. A detailed inventory follows.This tremendous manuscript collection documents in great detail a pioneering French settler's ambitious struggles to establish a home in the new state of Alabama in the early 1820s.In 1821, Antoine Prudence Lalouette, formerly a lieutenant of infantry under Napoleon Bonaparte, left Burgundy to establish a new home in America. He sailed from Le Havre and arrived in New Orleans in June 1821. Lalouette immediately set out for Mobile, where he acquired a prime 1240-acre parcel of land near Mobile Bay on Riviere aux Poissons (present-day Fish River). Over the course of the next two years Lalouette worked to clear the land, equip himself, build a home and slave quarters, and cultivate the land, while surviving in a harsh, wild environment.Lalouette's extremely long letters to his wife, closely but legibly written, begin with accounts of his eventful travels including his ship's arrival in the Gulf of Mexico pursued by a corsair, his stay in New Orleans, where streets were just beginning to be paved, and his journey to Mobile in search of property. He finally bought the 1240-acre parcel at the junction of the Fish River near Mobile Bay. In these densely written letters, the extremely observant French settler analyzes the state of agriculture in the deep South and the prospects for making his fortune there. He describes Mobile, its population, and its markets. Lalouette visits … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop [Stevenson, MD, U.S.A.]

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