Who Was Laura Locoul Gore?

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Who was Laura Locoul Gore? How did she become the owner of Laura Plantation, when she was not even the next in line to inherit the sugar plantation? What made Laura so special? Laura Locoul Gore ¬was an extraordinary woman, who was a woman before her time, and defied the limits that society placed on her. Laura’s story began before she was born, when her great-grandfather Guillaume DuParc came to America against his will. Guillaume was known for getting in trouble. When Guillaume got into a duel and killed his father’s best friend’s son, that was the last straw. “At that time, at the end of the eighteenth century, dueling was not very popular in France, especially duels which resulted in the death of a man”. (1) His father made him join Admiral de Grasse’s Navy and sent him to America. He quickly made a name for himself by fighting under the Spanish Admiral Bernardo de Galvez in Florida in 1778, and he was sent to be a Spanish colonial Commandante of Pointe Coupee in central Louisiana in 1792. To be rewarded for his services, he was given grants of land, and he eventually found his way to St. James Parish. He eventually settled on the banks of the Mississippi River and built what is known today as the Laura Plantation. (3) Guillaume later married Anne “Nanette” Prud’Hommes, and she blessed him with three children: Louis “de Meziere” Duparc, Guillaume Flagy Duparc, and Elizabeth Durpac (who will eventually become Laura’s grandmother). Louis married Fannie Rucker and had a daughter named Eliza. Unfortunately, Eliza died because of an experimental medical procedure and left Louis with no heirs. Therefore, his brother Guillaume Flagy Duparc was next in line to inherit the plantation, but fate repeated itself. Guillaume married Mer... ... middle of paper ... ...preserved by her children (Laura, Desiree, and Charles Jr.), and that is how historians found out the history of Laura Plantation and the events that happened there. One is able to learn the true story of the plantation and is able to see it through the eyes of Laura Locoul Gore. (1) Overall, Laura Locoul Gore can be considered an extraordinary woman. She ran a plantation, rejected society’s certain way of thinking, rejected racism, and wrote down her memoirs to tell the true story about Laura Plantation. Without her detailed account of the history of Laura Plantation, no one would know the true story behind the plantation or the events that happened there. Although she may dead, her legacy lives on through the plantation (that is still visited today) and the memoirs she left behind (which is now a published book). Laura Locoul Gore was truly an extraordinary woman.

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