New Orleans is French by name. The popular belief is that Spanish Louisiana was a relatively dormant period. In fact, the impact of Spain upon both New Orleans and the greater region is far greater than frequently thought. Frequently pictured as a “backwater” Spanish province, it in fact reflected the Spanish enlightenment. It was linked from the earlier days of the French colony to Havana, Mexico City, Santo Domingo, Santiago de Cuba, and Veracruz. Spanish Louisiana was a vibrant, critical period in the development of both New Orleans and Louisiana.
In this webinar, Lemmon will introduce us to The Historic New Orleans Collection’s exhibition devoted to the topic. This “voyage” will explore not only the Spanish contributions but the “unknown” lives of the better-known personalities of the period, such as Ulloa, O’Reilly, and Galvez. Surviving examples of material culture, maps, documents, and books selected for the exhibition offer insight into daily life of New Orleans and its constant interaction with the greater Spanish empire, in particular the Caribbean. During the webinar Lemmon will share some of the items from a total of 26 Spanish, Mexican and American institutions drawing attention to the role of Spain in defining the current city of New Orleans that make up the exhibition.
Host: Brian Kathenes
Guest: Alfred E. Lemmon
Original Date: December 5, 2022, 8PM EST
About Dr. Alfred Lemmon
Alfred E. Lemmon is director of the Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection. An authority on Spanish and French colonial history, he has been published in numerous books, encyclopedias and scholarly journals in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. His expertise extends into the field of archival history. Among other honors, he has received the l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques from France and membership in the Orden de Isabel la Católica from Spain. In 2013, he received the Lifetime Contribution to the Humanities award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.