Includes 186 photos and 15 maps The Armands chronicles the journey of one man born in France and follows him as a French Marine in 1749 stationed at the Garrison of Isle Royal Louisbourg, New France during the French and Indian War. Meeting and marrying his first love in Quebec, they will start a family of seven here and in 1765 will be exiled along with all other Acadians. He and his family survive the arduous journey and hardships of primitive ocean travel disembarking with other Acadians in Spanish held Colonial Louisiana at Chapitoulas, near present day New Orleans in 1766. With 186 color and black and white photos, old maps, US Census reports, various court documents, and Catholic Church records, Armand traces his family heredity during the foundation of the Louisiana Purchase. Benefiting from his business savvy, Joseph Marie Armant learns how to survive these trying economic environments by becoming a merchant trading in not only goods but slaves, both black and red, and is soon appointed as the "Official Trader for Texas" abiding in the Colonial Outpost of Natchitoches. He and his children become productive denizens of Louisiana. Some settled alongside their father in Colonial Natchitoches Parish while others migrated to Point Coupee, Avoyelles and the German Coast of Louisiana "St. James Parish". Follow this resilient family as they grow with Louisiana serving in the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, and the Civil War serving as infantrymen and officers. Learn how one of his Acadian children started one of the largest sugar empires in St. James Parish encompassing over ten thousand acres and owning 206 slaves while one of his Creole children lived beside free men of color on the Côte du Joy, Isle Brevelle, birthplace of the Cane River Creoles. This publication honors the life achievements of one man traversing and subsisting on two continents during his near century long existence, patriarch of the Armand Family of Louisiana.
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