The Mississippi Gulf Coast was the home of many different peoples, cultures, and empires during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. According to some historians, the Gulf Coast region may have been the most diverse region in early North America.
Matthew Powell, a historian of slavery and southern history and the Executive Director of the La Pointe-Krebs House & Museum in Pascagoula, Mississippi, joins us to investigate and explore the Mississippi Gulf Coast and a prominent family who has lived there since about 1718.
This episode was originally posted as Episode 303.
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Matthew Powell, a historian of slavery and southern history and the Executive Director of the La Pointe-Krebs House & Museum, leads us on an investigation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
During our exploration, Matthew reveals information about the different Indigenous and European peoples who lived along the Mississippi Gulf Coast during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; Details about the La Pointe-Krebs family, the house they built, and the plantation they operated throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; And, what small historic sites and museums, like the La Pointe-Krebs House & Museum, can add to our knowledge about early American history.
What You’ll Discover
- Historical significance of the La Pointe-Krebs House
- Tabby architecture and construction
- Indigenous inhabitants of early Mississippi
- The Pascagoula people
- French arrival in the Gulf Coast
- French interactions with Native American peoples
- Joseph Simon de la Pointe and his arrival in Mississippi
- Documenting historic lives and objects in museums
- Information about France’s Gulf Coast colony and settlements
- Details about the La Pointe Plantation
- Indigo and indigo cultivation
- Slavery on the La Pointe Plantation
- Uncovering and recovering the lives of the enslaved
- Hugo Ernestus Krebs & the La Pointe Plantation
- Early cotton gin
- Financial success of the La Pointe Plantation
- German migration to the Gulf Coast region
- Mississippi as a French, British, Spanish, and United States territory
- Ways changing governance in Mississippi impacted those who lived in Mississippi
- Creation of the La Pointe-Krebs Museum
- Historic building restoration
- What small house museums can add to our knowledge of early America
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Matthew Powell
- La Pointe-Krebs House & Museum
- La Pointe-Krebs House & Museum Facebook Page
- Episode 037: Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution
- Episode 167: Eberhard Faber, The Early History of New Orleans
- Episode 283: Anne Marie Lane Jonah, Acadie 300
- Episode 295: Ibrahima Seck, Whitney Plantation Museum
- Episode 298: Lindsey Shackenback Regele, Origins of American Manufacturing
In 1775, a hurricane destroyed a good portion of the original structures on the La Pointe-Krebs Plantation. Had the hurricane never happened, and in turn, these structures still existed in some form, how might our understanding of the La Pointe-Krebs historic site be different today?
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