Medlar Flower

Time Line

Date Event
1519 Alvarez de Pindea discovers mouth of the Mississippi.
1541-42 Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River.
1682 Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle, erects a cross at the mouth of the Mississippi River after descending the river from the Great Lakes and claims the territory for Louis XIV of France, for whom Louisiana is named.
1703 Establishment of Jesuit mission at a site that will become Kaskaskia.
1715 Louis Juchereau de St. Denis establishes Fort St. Jean Baptiste (Natchitoches), first permanent settlement in the Mississippi Valley.
1715 Lead discovered in part of Louisiana that would become Eastern Missouri.
1718 New Orleans is founded and named for Phillippe Duc D'Orleans.
1718 The St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans is built, the oldest in the United States.
1722 Prairie du Rocher founded by Sainte Therese Langlois.
1723 New Orleans becomes the capital of Louisiana, superseding Biloxi.
1729 Natchez Indians massacre over 200 people at Fort Rosalie.
1750 Ste. Genevieve founded sometime before this date, possibly as early as 1735. Served as a fur depot and port for the lead mines in the area.
1762 Louis XV gives the "Island of New Orleans" and all of Louisiana west of the Mississippi to his cousin, Charles III of Spain.
1763 Treaty of Paris ends Seven Years' War and confirms transfer of Louisiana to Spain. All lands East of the Mississippi including Canada and Florida are ceded to England.
1764 First four Acadian families arrive in Louisiana from New York.
1776 American Revolution begins.
1778 George Rodgers Clark occupies Kaskaskia, ending the British occupation.
1799-1801 Small Pox epidemic in Ste. Genevieve.
1803 Louisiana is purchased from Napoleon I by the United States for $15,000,000.
1809 Small Pox epidemic in Ste. Genevieve.
1809 The Territory of Illinois is formed out of part of the Territory of Louisiana.
1812 The Territory of Missouri is formed out of part of the Territory of Louisiana. Ste. Genevieve County is formed.
1821 Missouri is admitted into the Union as a slave state as part of the Missouri comprimise.
1849 Lead discovered in Western Missouri.
1849 Cholera epidemic in Ste. Genevieve area.