Carondelet, Luis Héctor, barón de, 1748-1807. | Tulane University Special Collections
Name: Carondelet, Luis Héctor, barón de, 1748-1807.
Historical Note: Luis Héctor de Carondelet (1748-1807), was Spanish governor of the colonies of Louisiana and West Florida from 1791 to 1797. He served in the Caribbean during the American Revolution and participated in the Spanish siege of Pensacola in 1781. He then became governor of San Salvador in Guatemala. As governor of the Louisiana and West Florida colonies, he tried to forge alliances with the Native Americans to defend Spain’s holdings against encroachment from the United States. Carondelet also urged the Spanish Crown, without success, to make New Orleans a free port and was responsible for many public improvements, including a canal linking the Mississippi River with Lake Pontchartrain. His efforts to strengthen the colony failed and the Spanish had to give in to the United States' demands in the Treaty of San Lorenzo (1795), known as Pinckney's Treaty. Carondelet was reassigned to the Viceroyalty of New Granada, where he became president of the Audiencia of Quito and where he died in 1807.
Sources: Manuscripts Collection M-726
Note Author: LAC Group