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The German Coast of Louisiana
Melish 1815
John Law
    John Law made a deal to settle Louisiana.  He circulated thousands of pamphlets (like those at right).  Thousands of Germans signed up, but most of them died and only a few hundred made it to the New World. 
    John Law, and the Company of the Indies, settled Germans along the Mississippi River (in present-day St. Charles Parish) in 1721. When the Company of the Indies folded in 1731, the Germans were released from their obligation and became independant land-owners. 
     The Germans were in important source of produce for the small town of New Orleans, founded (in 1718) just a few years before their arrival. As the population grew, they spread upriver into present-day St. John the Baptist Parish (the second German Coast).
Print by Law's company advertising Louisiana
This print was circulated by John Law's company to illustrate trade in Louisiana.
One of Law's advertising pamphlets

Germany, 1747

1724 German Coast Census
     NAME AGE      NAME AGE        NAME AGE
Simon Lambert 
Conrad Friedrich
Georg Troxler
Georh Beck 
Wilhelm Ziriac 
Johann Callander 
Stephan Kistenmacher 
Jeremias Wagner 
Leonhard Magdolff 
Andreas Schantz 
Johann Georg Petz 
Johann Adam Matern 
Caspar Dubs 
Ambros Heidel 
Jacob Ritter 
Michael Vogel 
Sebastian Funck 
Michael Horn 
Balthasar Monthe 
Johann Georg Raeser 
40
50
26
38
50
26
39
27
45
25
32
26
40
22
28
40
30
39
42
37
Johann Jacob Bebloquel (?) 
Johann Cretzmann 
Balthasar Marx 
Bernhard Wich 
Johann Rommel 
Catharine Weller 
Anna Kuhn 
Madalene Fronbergel 
Margarete Reynerd (Reinhard?)
Catharine Hencke
Christian Grabert
Andreas Hecker
Jacob Oberle
Andreas Schenck
Marcus Thiel
Moritz Kobler
D'Arensbourg
Andreas Traeger
Jacob Lueck
Andreas Hofmann
36
46
27
46
24
49
?
50
46
?
23
36
35
35
43
64
31
37
45
27
  Mathias Friedrich
Bernhard Reusch
Paul Klomp (Klump)
Chapel & Graveyard
Adam Schmitz
Johann Rodler
Anton Distelzweig
Guillaume Pictot
Friedrich Merkel
Peter Muench
Andreas Struempfl
Johann Adam Riehl
Jacques Poche
Joseph Wagenspach
Sibylle Heil
Johann Adam Edelmeyer
Philipp Zahn
Johann Jacob Foltz
Bernhard Anton
29
52
30

44
35
29
50
30
49
33
45
45
23
37
50
25
26
30

Blume, p. 27
The German Coast
The area of the Germans was called des Allemands or Carlstein. The German Coast was in present-day St. Charles & St. John the Baptist Parishes. Jeffreys, 1759
German Coast Resources
  • Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana (Deiler)
  • The German Coast During the Colonial Era, 1722-1803 (Blume)
  • German Coast Families (Robichaux)
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