Rodriguez Canal Historical

Rodriguez Canal Historical (HM1TWZ)

Location: Chalmette, LA 70043 St. Bernard Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 56.505', W 89° 59.654'

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Built as a mill race that provided water to power a sawmill, by 1815 the Rodriguez Canal had long been abandoned. With its collapsed banks and grass-covered bottom, the canal resembled a ditch more than a waterway, but it provided a perfect defensive position for Major General Andrew Jackson's men. American troops and slaves from area plantations dug out the canal and used its soil to build a rampart stretching from the Mississippi River to the cypress swamp. When the rampart was completed and the canal filled with water, it formed an imposing line of defense.

Benson Lossing's Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812 showed what remained of the canal in 1861. The tower in the background is the still unfinished Chalmette Monument.
Placed ByNational Park Service - United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 210978 N 3316102
Decimal Degrees29.94175000, -89.99423333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.505', W 89° 59.654'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 30.3" N, 89° 59' 39.24" W
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Area Code(s)504
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Chalm Nat Park Scenic Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US
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