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1999 - Natchitoches Times article

In the Natchitoches Times article. December 10, 1999 issue :


A French exhibit that provides an in-depth look at the ties between Western France and Louisiana from 1750-1830 is at the Natchitoches Parish Old Courthouse Museum.

The exhibit is sponsored in part by Coueron-Audubon-Atlantique. Bretagne-Acadie-Louisiana and les Regional Council of Pays-de-Loire, County Council of Loire-Atlantique, County Council of Vendee', City of Coueron, City of La Fleche, City of Nantes, City of Reze', City of Paimboeuf and City of Les Sables d'Olonne.

In addition to defining trade and immigration routes and how the political climate in France affected the colonies. "From the Loire River to the Mississippi" examines the lives of several Frenchmen who contributed to American culture.

According to curator Jacques Ducoin, Capt. Jean Audubon, father of artist John James Audubon, is the lead character in the exhibit because he witnessed all the historic events that linked France to the New World.

Also documented are the lives of Julien Poydras, born near Nantes, France, who settled in Pointe-Coupee' Parish, and Volney, who corresponded with Jefferson and who helped arrange the Louisiana Purchase.

Of local interest is the immigration of the Pavie family from La Rochelle, France, to Natchitoches in 1760. Joseph and Etienne Pavie left France and settled on the Red River. Their brother, Pierre, a priest, fled France to Natchitoches during the French Revolution and became the parish priest. After the revolution, a nephew, Charles, escaped an English prison and also settled on the banks of the Red River. In 1829, 17-year-old Theodore Pavie left Angers, France, to visit his uncle Charles in Louisiana. Theodore's writings and particularly his numerous drawings provide a wealth of information about landscapes in Louisiana and Texas, including a recognizable drawing of Front Street in Natchitoches.

A period painting of New Rochelle that accompanies the Pavie family saga, shows a view of the port, which, according to Ducoin, is virtually unchanged today.

Another facet of the exhibit is the exile of the Acadians from Nova Scotia. Some of the deportees were sent to France and later returned to the New World, joining relatives who settled along the Louisiana coast. Ducoin is a historian who specializes in maritime and colonial history, a consultant and former educator. He spoke through interpreter Christine Ferrell. Ducoin organized the exhibit that has been shown in several Louisiana cities in 1999 and will be shown in Nacogdoches, Texas, Jacksonville, Fla., and Seattle, Wash., before returning to France.

Ducoin said the exhibit was organized at the request of Lt. Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who wanted to coordinated an exhibit in conjunction with Franco Fete.


André Menuet


The Assumption Pioneer is published every Saturday, and gives the Parish weekly news. That is what we learnt by reading this journal:

- On April 6th, 1901 :

A. C. MENUET is to marry Estelle HELLUIN on Apr. 18th at St. Napoleon Church at 6 p.m.(Note: St. Anne Catholic Church of Napoleonville was formerly known as St. Napoleon Catholic Church)

- On January 14th, 1905 :

“The overseer on Oakley Plantation, André MENUET, has accepted a position on the Cedar Grove Plantation of SIGNORETTE. JACK MARTLEY will succeed MR. MENUET.

(Once a prosperous 900 acre cotton plantation, Cedar Grove is a country estate tucked away on 150 acres of rolling forest and farmland in the Kingston settlement of Natchez)


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