Between 1850 and 1898, Louisiana Creoles, in attempts to flee the increasingly oppressive Anglo-American regime, fled to Veracruz and Tampico states of Mexico. Traffic between New Orleans, Veracruz and New Iberia were intense, leading up to the end of Reconstruction (1891).
Schooner name: Antonieta
Embarkation: Tecolutla, Veracruz State, México
Destination: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of Arrival: 5 May 1867
Recognize the surnames Frilot, Ozenne and Décuir above?
It was the traffic between Iberia Parish and Veracruz that brought back hot peppers to Southwest Louisiana. Tabasco was born as a result of this Veracruz-New Iberia trade and migration, and significantly figured into the culinary and dietary customs of southern Louisiana. For more on the Mexico-Louisiana Connection
THE OLD SQUARE, VERACRUZ, MEXICO.