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A History of the Catholic Church in the American South,
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James M. Woods

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035321

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035321.001.0001

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Annexation and Accommodation

Annexation and Accommodation

Catholic Growth within the Expanding South, 1815–1845

(p.215) Seven Annexation and Accommodation
A History of the Catholic Church in the American South, 1513–1900

James M. Woods

University Press of Florida

In January 1815, at the chapel of the Ursuline convent in the Vieux Carré (French Quarter) section of New Orleans, the Ursuline sisters, other interested women, and some elderly men prayed all night before the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor for victory for American arms and protection of the city from the invader from Britain. About four miles down the Mississippi, along the east bank, forces from the United States and Britain faced each other over a swampy field in what is now Chalmette, Louisiana. The next day being Sunday, the early Mass was celebrated by Abbé Louis William DuBourg, the apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Louisiana and celebrated their victory. However, this ceremony meant more than just a celebration in the city's cathedral. To many of these French Louisianans, the United States had annexed them, yet, as with the transfer of Spain in 1763, they had not welcomed the change.

Keywords:   Ursulines, Britain, United States, Louisiana, Louis William DuBourg, Spain

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