The Lakes of Pontchartrain: Their History and Environments by Robert W. Hastings

By Robert W. Hastings

An important and unstable a part of the hot Orleans panorama and way of life, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin really comprises 3 significant our bodies of water--Lakes Borgne, Pontchartrain, and Maurepas. those make up the Pontchartrain estuary. Robert W. Hastings offers an intensive exam of the ancient and environmental study at the basin, with emphasis on its environmental degradation and the efforts to revive and guard this estuarine method. He additionally explores the present organic of the lakes.Hastings starts with the geological formation of the lakes and the connection among local american citizens and the water they known as Okwa'ta, the "wide water." From the historic interval, he describes the forays of French explorer Pierre Le Moyne D'Iberville in 1699 and strains the environmental heritage of the basin during the improvement of the hot Orleans metropolitan sector. utilizing the lakes for transportation after which sport, the encompassing inhabitants burgeoned, and this progress led to critical water toxins and different environmental difficulties. within the Eighties the Lake Pontchartrain Basin origin led a concerted force to revive the lakes, an ongoing attempt that has proved major.

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Thus, the two primary portages between the lake and river could be defended. Iberville’s third voyage to the Mississippi occurred from December 15, 1701, to April 27, 1702 (McWilliams 1981), and a new fort was built on the Mobile River. Transport of goods such as buffalo hides, deer skins, and beaver pelts from the upper Mississippi continued through Lake Pontchartrain.

They also gathered wild fruits such as berries, haws, and crabapples and grew crops including corn, rice, beans, and potatoes. According to Bushnell (1909), game such as deer (Odocoileus virginianus), bear (Ursus americanus), rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus and S. aquaticus), and squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis and S. niger) were hunted with blowguns constructed from cane (as Arundinaria gigantea). Cane and palmetto were also used to make baskets. Dyes were made from the roots of yellow dock (Rumex crispus; yellow dye), ashes from the bark of red oak and “black gum” (Quercus falcata, as Q.

Fraser befriended the group by giving them food. ” The Tangipahoa people (referred to as Taensapoa) were no longer present along the Tangipahoa River when William Bartram (1791) traveled through in 1777, but Dranguet and Heleniak (1985) suggested that their absence could have been temporary in view of their somewhat nomadic life. According to a report in 1773, there were no Indian villages along the northern side of Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain, which was then the British side of the Mississippi River, the tribes having moved to the Spanish side as a result of war by the Creeks against the Choctaws and their allies (Fabel 1983).

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