Friday, October 02, 2009

Famous Canadians in New Orleans' French Quarter: Bienville Monument

Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, French Governor of Louisiana and founder of New Orleans, b. in Montreal, Canada, 24 February, 1680; d. in Paris, 7 March, 1767.

His father, Charles le Moyne de Bienville, settled in Canada in 1640; his three brothers, Iberville, Serigny, and Chateauguay, likewise distinguished themselves in the early history of Louisiana.

In 1698-1699, Bienville accompanied his brother Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville, in an expedition dispatched from France to explore the territory near the mouth of the Mississippi. They founded a settlement at old Biloxi, where in 1700 Bienville become commandant, and, after d'Iberville's death in 1706, governor of the colony.(February 23, 1680 – March 7, 1767)