List of colonial governors of Louisiana

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This is a list of the colonial governors of Louisiana, from the founding of the first settlement by the French in 1699 to the territory's acquisition by the United States in 1803.

Louisiana southern state in the United States of America

Louisiana is a state in the Deep South region of the South Central United States. It is the 31st most extensive and the 25th most populous of the 50 United States. Louisiana is bordered by the state of Texas to the west, Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. A large part of its eastern boundary is demarcated by the Mississippi River. Louisiana is the only U.S. state with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are equivalent to counties. The state's capital is Baton Rouge, and its largest city is New Orleans.


The French and Spanish governors administered a territory which was much larger than the modern U.S. state of Louisiana, comprising Louisiana (New France) and Louisiana (New Spain), respectively.

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The Kingdom of France in the early modern period, from the Renaissance to the Revolution (1789–1804), was a monarchy ruled by the House of Bourbon. This corresponds to the so-called Ancien Régime. The territory of France during this period increased until it included essentially the extent of the modern country, and it also included the territories of the first French colonial empire overseas.

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At the same time, there are parts of present-day Louisiana which were historically administered by other colonial powers, with the most prominent example being the area known as the Florida Parishes, north of Lake Pontchartrain and east of the Mississippi River. This territory was originally part of French Louisiana, but it belonged to the Kingdom of Great Britain for twenty years (1763–83) following the French and Indian War.

Colonialism Creation, and maintenance of colonies by people from another territory

Colonialism is the policy of a nation seeking to extend or retain its authority over other people or territories, generally with the aim of economic dominance. The colonising country seeks to benefit from the colonised country or land mass. In the process, colonisers impose their religion, economics, and medicinal practices on the natives. Colonialism is the relationship of domination of indigenous by foreign invaders where the latter rule in pursuit of their interests.

Florida Parishes Region in Louisiana, United States

The Florida Parishes, on the east side of Mississippi River — an area also known as the Northshore or Northlake region — are eight parishes in southeast Louisiana, United States, which were part of West Florida in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Lake Pontchartrain estuary located in southeastern Louisiana, United States

Lake Pontchartrain is a brackish estuary located in southeastern Louisiana in the United States. It covers an area of 630 square miles (1,600 km2) with an average depth of 12 to 14 feet. Some shipping channels are kept deeper through dredging. It is roughly oval in shape, about 40 miles (64 km) from west to east and 24 miles (39 km) from south to north.


First French Louisiana (1682–1762)

Took officeLeft office
1 No image.svg Sauvolle
(Died in office)
2 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.jpg Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
3 Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac.jpg Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac
4 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.jpg Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
5 No image.svg Jean-Michel de Lepinay
6 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.jpg Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
7 No image.svg Pierre Dugué de Boisbriand
8 No image.svg Étienne Périer
9 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.jpg Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
10 Marquis de Vaudreuil.jpg Pierre de Rigaud de Vaudreuil-Cavagnial
11 No image.svg Louis Billouart
12 Jean-JacquesBlaised'abbadie.jpg Jean-Jacques Blaise d'Abbadie
(Died in office)
13 No image.svg Charles Philippe Aubry

Spanish Louisiana (1762–1802)

Took officeLeft office
14 Almirante Antonio de Ulloa.jpg Antonio de Ulloa
15 No image.svg Charles Philippe Aubry
16 Alejandro O'Reilly by Francisco Jose de Goya.jpg Alejandro O'Reilly
17 No image.svg Luis de Unzaga
18 Bernardo de Galvez.png Bernardo de Gálvez
19 Esteban Rodriguez Miro.jpg Esteban Rodríguez Miró
20 Retrato del Baron de Carondelet - Anonimo (siglo XIX).jpg Francisco Luis Héctor de Carondelet
21 Manuel-gayoso-de-lemos-governor-of-natchez.jpg Manuel Gayoso de Lemos
22 Francisco Bouligny.jpg Francisco Bouligny
23 No image.svg Sebastián Calvo de la Puerta y O'Farrill
24 No image.svg Nicolás María Vidal (Acting Civil Governor)
25 No image.svg Juan Manuel de Salcedo

Second French Louisiana (1802–1804)

Took officeLeft office
Laussat.jpg Pierre Clément de Laussat**

**Laussat was initially only to be the interim head of Louisiana until arrival of the Governor General Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte appointed by Napoleon. However, news of the Sale of Louisiana reached Bernadotte before he could sail from La Rochelle in May 1803.

Louisiana (New France) Administrative district of New France

Louisiana or French Louisiana was an administrative district of New France. Under French control 1682 to 1762 and 1801 (nominally) to 1803, the area was named in honor of King Louis XIV, by French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle. It originally covered an expansive territory that included most of the drainage basin of the Mississippi River and stretched from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Appalachian Mountains to the Rocky Mountains.

Charles XIV John of Sweden King of Sweden and Norway

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Napoleon Emperor of the French

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