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Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville

Known as the "Father of Louisiana," Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville (1680-1767) aided his brother, Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, in establishing French control of the Gulf Coast region. A naval officer, he advanced rapidly, eventually becoming French Governor of Louisiana and founder of the city of New Orleans.
Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History