Category: Brides of la baleine

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Depiction of the Brides arriving in Biloxi; by Jeff Miller; Venice, Florida, specifically as the book cover for "The Brides of la Baleine".

The BALEINE’s genetic contribution to America is second only to that of the MAYFLOWER, which had arrived in America 100 years earlier. Each of the Brides had volunteered for the mission. None of them had been deported from France. Thus, Biloxi became the equivalent of “Plymouth Rock” for the French colony of Louisiana.

In 1721, the Baleine delivered to Governor Bienville as many as 88 young women of child-bearing age, desperate to escape social and moral persecution in France. These French women eventually formed the genetic foundation on which Gulf Coast societies have been built.

Unknown and unappreciated for more than 250 years, the time has come for them to receive the recognition and gratitude owed to them by historians and by their descendants.


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