Louisiana Institute of Higher Education


#44 “Louisiana’s Influence on the American Revolution”

2006-2007 History Lecture Series Season – December 4th, 2006

Ron Chapman, Assistant Professor of History, Nunez Community College

Attendance – 62


Lecture Description


 Chapman detailed the often-overlooked influence that Louisianians had on the outcome of the American Revolution. While Louisiana did not become part of America until two decades after the American Revolution, it nonetheless shaped the victory over the British. In addition to the Thirteen Colonies, Great Britain controlled Canada and Florida. The Spanish, and especially the Islenos operating out of Louisiana, provided weapons, supplies and an invasion force. The so-called Florida Parishes of Louisiana became part of the state as a result of Bernardo de Galvez’s foray into Florida at this time.