Several studies have chronicled the New Orleans Rebellion of
1768 which stemmed from franceís transfer of the Louisiana
colony to Spain
at the end of the French and Indian War. However, most accounts have been based
almost exclusively on Spanish sources. By blending the French documentary
record with existing scholarly accounts this study presents a fresh perspective
on the Rebellion. The role of the ordonnateur Denis-Nicolas Foucault, long a controversial
aspect of the Rebellion, is also amplified.
Of special interest are the shortcomings of French colonial
policy toward Louisiana,
especially the lack of financial and material support, and failure to provide
appropriate instructions to Louisiana
colonial officials. The role of rivalries between French colonial officials and
the long delay between the cession of Louisiana
to Spain and
the assumption of power by Spanish colonial officials are also described.