Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
The geography and the people of St. Bernard Parish played a large role in the Battle. Several plantations served as the setting of the series of battles leading up to January 8th. The Third Regiment of the Louisiana Militia which fought in the Battle of New Orleans included the Islenos in its membership, and most of this regiment was taken prisoner during the December 23rd Night Battle.
William Hyland has served as St. Bernard Parish Historian, director of Los Islenos Museum Complex, the chair of the 175th Anniversary Committee of the Battle of New Orleans, and president of The St. Bernard Historical Society. His primary focus has been toward the preservation of the heritage and cultural identity of the Canary Islander colonists and their descendants.