Colonial Natchitoches: A Creole Community on the Louisiana-Texas Frontier - Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest (Paperback)
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Colonial Natchitoches: A Creole Community on the Louisiana-Texas Frontier - Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest (Paperback)

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Strategically located at the western edge of the Atlantic World, the French post of Natchitoches thrived during the eighteenth century as a trade hub between the well-supplied settlers and the isolated Spaniards and Indians of Texas. Its critical economic and diplomatic role made it the most important community on the Louisiana-Texas frontier during the colonial era.

Despite the community's critical role under French and then Spanish rule, Colonial Natchitoches is the first thorough study of its society and economy. Founded in 1714, four years before New Orleans, Natchitoches developed a creole (American-born of French descent) society that dominated the Louisiana-Texas frontier.

H. Sophie Burton and F. Todd Smith carefully demonstrate not only the persistence of this creole dominance but also how it was maintained. They examine, as well, the other ethnic cultures present in the town and relations with Indians in the surrounding area.

Through statistical analyses of birth and baptismal records, census figures, and appropriate French and Spanish archives, Burton and Smith reach surprising conclusions about the nature of society and commerce in colonial Natchitoches.

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
ISBN: 9781623492069
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
." . . should be on the shelf of every researcher looking into colonial and frontier development."--HAHR--Ray F. Broussard "HAHR "
." . . provides the reader with a detailed picture of this frontier community in the eighteenth century. . . a valuable resource for anyone interested in the growth of plantation-based slavery in eighteenth-century America."--Journal of American Ethnic History--Kenneth Aslakson "Journal of American Ethnic History "
"Anyone interested in community formation will find this book a joy to read. . . a model local study. . . All historians of the early Deep South should put this book on their essential reading list."--American Historical Review--Thomas N. Ingersoll "American Historical Review "
"This wonderful new micro history of colonial Natchitoches builds on earlier studies to . . . give us a snapshot of life on the Louisiana frontier, one solidly based on archival research, which greatly enhances our understanding of an important chapter in Louisiana history. This is social history at its best and deserving of a place on reading lists in Louisiana history courses."--Louisiana History--Brian E. Coutts "Louisiana History "
"With publication of H. Sophie Burton and F. Todd Smith's Colonial Natchitoches, the history of colonial Louisiana has taken a giant step forward. Their meticulous analysis of French and Spanish archival documentation for the social and economic components of a frontier settlement through nearly a century lays bare the fabric of its development. This study sets a standard that future histories of colonial settlements will want to follow."--Gilbert C. Din, author, Spaniards, Planters, and Slaves--Gilbert C. Din, author, Spaniards, Planters, and Slaves
"Colonial Natchitoches, A Creole Community on the Louisiana-Texas Frontier is excellent in all respects, and authors H. Sophie Burton and F. Todd Smith accomplished this through extensive research in French and Spanish archives. Their meticulous analysis of the social and economic components of a frontier settlement through nearly a century lays bare the fabric of its development. Anyone working on studies of early colonial settlements should take note of this book and follow the guidelines set here. . . should grace any Louisiana library. It is a collectible that you should not overlook."--The Advocate-- (05/04/2008)
"Authors H. Sophie Burton and F. Todd Smith have crafted a remarkable definitive study of Natchitoches, Louisiana. . ."--Chronicles of Oklahoma-- (12/08/2008)
"This book should inspire new debate about this important historic site."--Choice-- (02/01/2009)
" . . . blazes new historiographical ground by providing an in-depth community study of Natchitoches during the eighteenth century . . . . they provide a detailed economic analysis that shows that trade with Native Americans did not dominate colonial Natchitoches, challenging what some earlier studies had supposed . . . . This important study establishes interpretations and conclusions about colonial Natchitoches that will inform scholarship for decades to come." --Journal of American History--The Journal of American History

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