The Cabildo – New Orleans, LA

March 23rd, 2008 -by- Legba

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The Cabildo: Erected in 1795, it was the seat of the Spanish Government for the Province of Louisiana. Now one of the best historical museums in the U. S. The gates at the entrance were presented to Louisiana by the Spanish Government and are said to have been made from the iron instruments of torture used in the inquisition days of Spain. On purchase by the U. S. the Spanish Coat of Arms over the doorway was replaced by the thirteen stars of the United States. The typical Spanish Colonnade in front adds much to the beauty of the building.”

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“The Court Yard and Prison Rooms in the Cabildo at Chartres and St. Peter Streets. Note the tiers and cells, and the wide galleries around them. The room, with the door standing open on the ground floor, is the cell in which the Pirate LaFitte was incarcerated after his capture by the Americans. Later on his services were accepted by General Jackson and he participated in the Battle of New Orleans, where he covered himself with glory, subsequently receiving a pardon from the Congress of the United States.”

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