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Building the devil's empire : French colonial New Orleans

Two years ago, the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina inspired emotional elegies to the long and colorful history of New Orleans. But until now, the story of French New Orleans has remained largely untold. Building the Devil's Empire is the first comprehensive history of the city's early years, tracing the town's development from its origins in 1718 as an imperial experiment in urban planning through its revolt against Spanish rule in 1768. Shannon Lee Dawdy's picaresque account of New Orleans's wild youth features a cast of strong-willed captives, thin-skinned nobles, sharp-tongued wome
eBook, English, 2008
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2008
1 online resource (xxi, 320 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps, plans (some color)
9780226138435, 9781281959492, 9786611959494, 0226138437, 1281959499, 6611959491
"A veritable Babylon" : enlightenment and disorder
La ville sauvage : nature and urban planning
A backwater entrepôt
La renommée : from colonial experiment to Creole society
Tensions of power : law, discipline, and violence
Conclusion : revolt and rogue colonialism
Electronic reproduction, [Place of publication not identified], HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010