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Louisiana's Code Noir (translation)

Code Noir - Document - 1974 translation

To regulate relations between slaves and colonists, the Louisiana Code Noir, or slave code, based largely on that compiled in 1685 for the French Caribbean colonies, was introduced in 1724 and remained in force until the United States took possession of Louisiana in 1803. View »

Proclamation issued by Pierre Clément de Laussat to the people of Louisiana [incomplete]

Laussat, Pierre Clément de - Document - Proclamation announcing that Louisiana is now a French territory, but will soon be American.

The original proclamation issued by Pierre Clément de Laussat, France's designated colonial prefect, to the people of Louisiana announcing that Louisiana is no longer a Spanish territory but is now French. Laussat further states that although Louisiana is now French, it will soon be American. View »

Edward Livingston's Letter on the Preparations of a Criminal Code of Law

Livingston, Edward - Ephemera - Edward Livingston's Letter on the Preparations of a Criminal Code of Law

As parish representative to the state legislature, Livingston was selected in 1821 to prepare a criminal code of law. He worked to revise the state's civil code and code of practice due to the fact that the French, Spanish, and American laws on the books were often found to be in conflict and ratification was needed. View »