This week in Louisiana history. October 1, 1800. Treaty of
San Ildefonso provides for Spanish cession of Louisiana to
France giving Napoleon Louisiana from Spain.
This week in New Orleans history. On October 1, 1811,
the first steamboat reached New Orleans by way of the Ohio and
Mississippi Rivers. Named The New Orleans it left from
Pittsburgh, carried a crew of nine, four servants, a dog, and
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas J. Roosevelt,and arrived in the city 13
days later. Roosevelt was an inventor, a major investor
in Upstate New York land, and a great-grand uncle of President
Theodore Roosevelt. His primary invention was to
introduce vertical paddle wheels and he had worked with Robert
Fulton in their development.
The Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival is hosted at Lamar
Dixon Expo Center right in the heart of Ascension Parish. This
festival combines hot air balloons, entertainment, music,
food, fun and surprises. Families can enjoy a weekend jam
packed with fun for all ages.
June 18, 2019 Subject:
Mark Twain & Little Dixie, Missouri
Mark Twain was born in Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri, very close to the Little Dixie Counties.
Little Dixie (Missouri)
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Little Dixie is a historic 13- to 17-county region of mid-to-upper-mid Missouri along the Missouri River, settled at first primarily by migrants from the hemp and tobacco districts of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. Because Southerners settled there first, the pre-Civil War culture was similar to that of the Upper South. The area was also known as Boonslick country.
When the Southerners migrated to Missouri, they brought their cultural, social, agricultural, architectural, political and economic practices, including slavery. On average Missouri's slave population was only 10 percent, but in Little Dixie, county and township slave populations ranged from 20 to 50 percent by 1860, with the highest percentages for counties that had large plantations along the Missouri river. New Madrid County along the Mississippi River also had a high percentage of African slaves, as cotton was cultivated on large plantations in this lowland area.
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While definitions of the counties included in Little Dixie vary, in 1860 the following seven counties were developed for plantations and their populations had 25 percent or more of enslaved African Americans:
The only other county of the state where the enslaved population was as high in 1860 was New Madrid in the Bootheel, a region devoted to cotton plantations in the floodplains along the Mississippi River.
According to the Missouri Division - Sons of Confederate Veterans, the "heart" of Little Dixie was made up of the following counties:
I was interested in the steamboat information and the southern history discussion. Thanks for the podcast! Candy LaMar Worner 2019