After the Battle Historical

After the Battle Historical (HM1TXW)

Location: Chalmette, LA 70043 St. Bernard Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 56.424', W 89° 59.656'

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

The destruction of their plantation during the Battle of New Orleans left the de Chalmet family in financial trouble. In 1817 brothers Hilaire and Louis St. Amand bought the land. The St. Amands were prominent free people of color who already owned several plantations. In the early 1800s, it was not unusual for free people of color to own plantations and slaves in Louisiana. the brothers rebuilt the property, repairing the damage caused by the Battle of New Orleans and returning the land to sugar production at a time when the industry was growing rapidly in south Louisiana.

Sugarcane juice was boiled to evaporate the liquid and leave the crystalized sugar, a hazardous task for the slaves shoe used long-handled ladles to transfer boiling can juice between kettles and pans. Norbert Rillieux, a free man of color, changed the industry forever in 1843 when he developed the multi-stage evaporator, which used condensers rather than open kettles.

Rillieux's multi-stage evaporator was recognized by the American Chemical Society in 2002 as one of the greatest innovations in chemical engineering.

Benson Lossing's Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812 portrays Chalmet's plantation and the battlefield as a tourist destination in 1861.

Before the Civil War, vast fortunes were made by producing sugar from sugar cane; slaves did most of the work, which as difficult and dangerous.
Placed ByNational Park Service - United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 210971 N 3315952
Decimal Degrees29.94040000, -89.99426667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.424', W 89° 59.656'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 25.44" N, 89° 59' 39.36" W
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Area Code(s)504
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near River Rd, Chalmette LA 70043, US
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