NCPTT will host the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation:
Conserving Cultural Landscapes April 2-4, 2020.
The three-day conference will include an opening reception, invited paper, field sessions, and a closing banquet.
Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Established in 1714 by French explore Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, the settlement was the northernmost point navigable on the Red River and the easternmost point of the colonial Spanish El Camino Real de los Tejas. For over 300 years, French, Caddo Indian, Spanish, African, and American cultures have blended and shaped the Red River Valley landscape.
The area remained under French rule until 1763 when Spain acquired the region west of the Mississippi valley. The arrival of thousands of enslaved Africans and Spain’s liberal manumission policies contributed to the number of free people of color throughout Louisiana, descendants of which form today’s Creoles of color in Natchitoches. France briefly regained the area in 1801 and held it until transferred to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
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