New Orleans In Building The Devil's Empire

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In her book, Building the Devil’s Empire, Shannon Dawdy reflects on the development of New Orleans from 1718 until 1768 during the revolt against Spanish rule. She depicts imagery describing to the reader what it was like in New Orleans and even paints a picture of what it was through others point of views. Throughout the book, Dawdy explains what a rouge colony is through historical people. Their ideas and experiences serve to back up the concept of Louisiana the “rouge colony.” The examples from the people show the nature of a rouge colony and the development of not only New Orleans but also Louisiana. Shannon Dawdy mentions rogue colonialism many times. This idea is one of the major factors that affects the overall atmosphere of New Orleans. According to Dawdy, colonialism is the “technical facts of political and territorial hegemony,” and also the “ideologies and practices of daily life in colonies” (p.237). In Louisiana, colonialism was rouge because various people had their best interest in my while still pushing for colonial frontiers. These people included governors and piratical beggars. A “rogue” can…show more content…
During his time as governor, four times between 1701 and 1743, he was involved in smuggling. The Governor founded La Balize, which was a port at the mouth of the Mississippi River. This port had a lot of activity, including smugglers and profiteers. Bienville had friendship with a pirate named Michel Gerald/Fitzgerald. At one point, Bienville had to release him from jail but he continued to get into trouble. That did not stop Bienville from being on his side and this angered the people in the colony. Bienville made decisions revolving around himself and what would be best for him. Him making decisions that way proved that he was “rouge”, and therefore when he was Governor exhibited qualities of rouge
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