Catalina Destrehan

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About Catalina Destrehan

Catalina Destrehan, still enslaved to the estate, married Pompe, also a slave. In 1773, she bought her freedom from the Destrehan estate for 320 pesos. Catalina named her oldest son Honore after her father. She had three other children Carlota, Manon and Felicite and operated a successful bed and breakfast in New Orleans at the room rate of one peso per night.

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At the death of the well known agriculturalist, politician, colonial and provincial Louisiana Treasurer-General, Jean-Baptiste-Honoré d’ESTRÉHAN de Beaupré de Tours’s death, Catherine, a slave belonging to the decedent, petitioned the Cabildo on 14 Dec 1771 to take full advantage of coartación. This Spanish Louisiana provincial law permitted slaves to pay for their own value as a slave, in order to emancipate themselves. Catherine stated that before his death, Jean-Baptiste-Honoré promised her emancipation. JBH’s son-in-law, Étienne DE BORÉ, equally well known in Louisiana history, refused Catherine’s petition. He insinuated that she was a whore, and explicitly argued that she had intentionally harmed herself to make her infirm, and thus worth less than the value the surveyors’ established. At the time, Étienne was one of the 5 most important, and powerful men in the province. It took years to settle, as did JBH’s estate, but Catherine came out victoriously in 1774. By then, all 3 of her daughters, Jeanne, Manon, and Félicité, had been emancipated, and the daughters went on to marry or live in concubinage with respectable men in the province.

http://www.mylhcv.com/donation-negresse-slave-sophie/

She is 33 years in 1771 and mother of Carlota age 10, Manon 6, and a baby of 2 years Felicite. - La. Historical Quarterly vol 9, 1926

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Catalina Destrehan's Timeline

1738
1738
Louisiana, United States
1761
1761
Louisiana, United States
1765
1765
Louisiana, United States
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