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The Baleine Brides were a group of 88 French women that were sent to French Louisiana (la Louisiane), arriving 8 Jan 1721 in Biloxi, the then capital of la Louisiane. These women purportedly volunteered to travel to la Louisiane to marry eligible bachelors who were settling the colony. They arrived on the French cargo ship Baleine, which is how they got their nickname. These women came from Maison de St. Louis of the Salpêtrière. It is believed that this was a home for girl who were orphans or illegitimates. They were cared for by Ursuline nuns, one of whom also accompanied them to America in June of 1720. While no official ship’s passenger list has been published, there was published a list of the women who were supposed to be on board the in National Genealogical Society Quarterly, December 1987. The genetic contribution of the Baleine brides to America is considerable.