CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

Meetings are held on the FIRST Saturday of the month at the Louisiana State Archives Building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (unless otherwise noted) (see map below).

SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 - 11:00 A.M

LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING, ESSEN LANE, BATON ROUGE, LA

Many families in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area came to Louisiana from the island of Gran Canaria during of the American Revolution to serve in the Spanish army and drive Britain from the Gulf Coast. Family names such as Acosta, Alemán, Aguilar, Caballero (Cavalier,

Diaz, Estopinal (Estopiñán) Gomez, Gonzales, Cerpas (Serpas, Zerpas), Hernandez, Hidalgo, Lopez, Morales, Ortiz, Pereira, Ramirez, Ramos, Rodriguez, Sanchez, Suarez, Viera and others can be traced back to Gran Canaria.


Mr. Sergio Ramos, a society member and a native of Gran Canaria will give a presentation covering this beautiful island and the culture of the inhabitants, a culture that is reflected in many of the traditions found today in South Louisiana.


The meeting will begin 11 am Saturday, September 6th at the Louisiana State Archives Building, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. All meetings are open to the public. You may contact the President of the Society by email: president@canaryislanders.org.


OCTOBER 4, 2014 - 11:00 A.M

ASCENSION PARISH LIBRARY - GONZALES BRANCH
708 S IRMA BLVD GONZALES, LA

Board member Chad LeBlanc will give a presentation on the story of the Canary Islanders, their recruitment and emigration to Louisiana and their descendants who came to populate much of modern day south Louisiana.

A MAP TO THE LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING IS SHOWN BELOW

Past Meetings and Events

AUGUST 2, 2014 - 11:00 A.M

LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING, ESSEN LANE, BATON ROUGE, LA

Our speaker for the August meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana was Dr. Florent Hardy, Jr., the Louisiana State Archivist since 2000.

 

We did not have a meeting in July.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014 - 11:00 A.M.

LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING, ESSEN LANE, BATON ROUGE, LA

Society member Father Gerald LeFebvre shared the genealogy of his Canario famillies, Suarez and Hernandez. Many of our members are connected to these families.

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014 - 11:00 A.M.

LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING, ESSEN LANE, BATON ROUGE, LA

The Canary Islanders Heritage Society held a Día del la Cruz (day of the cross) celebration May 3rd at the Louisiana State Archives building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The celebration included traditional Canary Island foods and cross decoration activities emulating the traditional celebration as it is practiced in the Islands.

Ladies and their crosses at the May meeting, pictured left to right seated - Stella Tanoos, Glenda Cernal, Lynda Normand; standing - Joan Aleman, Kathy Brumfield, Karen Lambert, Marie Estopinal, Penny Reinhardt, Denise Lindsly, Janelle Hickey, Sharon Gauthier (photo by Marie Estopinal)

SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014 - 11:00 A.M.

LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING, ESSEN LANE, BATON ROUGE, LA

John and Janelle Hickey shared their knowledge of Jose “Pepe” Ramos Gonzales Cabo genealogy. It was very interesting presentation that was well put together.

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John and Janelle Hickey, presenters at our April 2014 meeting.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 - SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014

38th Annual Los Islenos Fiesta - St. Bernard, LA

This year's Fiesta was a good one, with many visitors to our genealogy booth learning about their ancestors.

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Johnette Downing, Steven Estopinal, and Robbie Downing (photo by Marie Estopinal)

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Canarians Ruében Gallardo Cuevas and his wife Rut Suárez Vega with society members Marie and Steve Estopinal.

Click here to see more photos from the Fiesta.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014 - 11:00 A.M.

LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING, ESSEN LANE, BATON ROUGE, LA

Society members, Steve Estopinal, Chad LeBlanc, and Layne Lindsly shared their experiences and knowledge gained at previous Los Isleños Festivals. They presented photos and information regarding the Fiesta to help entice members and visitors to attend.

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Society board member Chad LeBlanc speaking about the annual Islenos Fiesta.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014 - 11:00 A.M.

LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING, ESSEN LANE, BATON ROUGE, LA

Society treasurer, author and historian Steve Estopinal spoke on “The Siege of Mobile 1780-1781” which was a little known, but important Spanish victory.

When Spain entered the American Revolutionary War in 1779, Bernardo de Gálvez, the energetic governor of Spanish Louisiana, immediately began offensive operations. In September 1779 he gained complete control over the lower Mississippi River by capturing Fort Butte and then shortly thereafter obtaining the surrender of the remaining British forces on the river following the Battle of Baton Rouge. Following these successes, he began planning operations against Mobile and Pensacola, the remaining British presence in the province of West Florida.

The following is an excerpt about the Mobile Campaign from Spain’s Louisiana Patriots in its 1779-1783 War with England During the American Revolution, Spanish Borderland Studies by Granville W. and N. C. Hough: “As soon as the Mississippi River area was secure, Governor Galvez sent Estevan Miro to Havana to seek 2000 more troops for an attack on Mobile, but Miro could only get 567. Galvez combined the forces he had with these and moved against Mobile in Feb 1780. His forces included:567 soldiers from the Regiment of Navarre,
50 soldiers from the Havana Regiment, 141 soldiers from the Louisiana Regiment, 14 gunners, 26 carabineers, 323 white militiamen, 107 negro and mulatto militiamen, 24 negro slaves, and 26 American volunteers. This totals to 1278 persons, though 1321 is frequently seen in historical accountings. Probably 1500 soldiers and sailors were involved in the Battle of Mobile. After a 21 day siege, the surrender took place 14 Mar 1780.

This was just in time, as a relief force of 1100 British and Creek Indians were just a few miles away. The second phase of the Mobile campaign was its defense against the British counter attack on 7 Jan 1781. Spanish authorities in Cuba, learning of the attack, dispatched additional forces to hold Mobile. The British fled back to their main base at Pensacola. Gálvez captured Pensacola from the British in May 1781.”

The Granville W. and N.C. Hough book mentioned above contains a listing of those eligible to be named Patriots by the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Some of the reference material Steve used for his presentation included the following:

 Bernardo de Gálvez in Louisiana 1776-1783, John Walton Caughey, Pelican Publishing 1998

 Spain and the Independence of the United States (An Intrinsic Gift), Thomas E. Chávez, Univ. Press of New Mex.2002

 The Spanish Army in North America 1700-1793, René Chartrand, Osprey Publishing 2011

 The Spanish in New Orleans and Louisiana, José Montero de Pedro, Marqués de Casa Mena, Translated by Richard E.

Chandler, Pelican Press 2000

 The World That Made New Orleans-From Spanish Silver to Congo Square, Ned Sublette, Lawrence Hill Book 2008

 The Accidental City-Improvising New Orleans, Lawrence N. Powell, Harvard University Press 2012

 Louisiana Governors, Walter Greaves Cowan and Jack B. McGuire, University Press of Mississippi 2008

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2014 - 1:00 P.M.

At our January meeting, our newly elected officers and board members were sworn in by society member and native Canario Sergio Ramos.

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Pictured (left to right) - Sergio Ramos, Vice-President Layne Lindsly, Treasurer Steve Estopinal, Board Members Chad LeBlanc and Janelle Hickey

Our speaker was board member Chad LeBlanc who spoke about the Perera family.  He spoke of the Perera families who immigrated to Louisiana and settled at Valenzuela, including his ancestor, Andres Perera.

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Pictured (left to right): Leroy Perera, Don Perere, and Chad LeBlanc - all are descendants of Andres Perera who sailed to Louisiana from the Canary Islands aboard the La Victoria in 1778.


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LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING - 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA

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