Mexico-Louisiana Ties

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).

Ship Manifest
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.

McIlhenny Company Tabasco Sauce
Business Domicile: Avery Island, Iberia Parish, Louisiana
Named for: State of Tabasco, México
Founded: 1868, Avery Island

 

 

FRENCH & SPANISH LOUISIANA
SHARED CULTURE: LATINITÉ
THE PEOPLE

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