||"They were military men, freshly recruited soldiers of the newly established
Second Battalion of the Fixed Louisiana Regiment. Earning their pay, they
captured Baton Rouge from the British in 1779; they captured Mobile in
1780, and Pensacola in 1781. In the story of America's fight for
Independence, these soldiers justifiably earned a place of honor.
They were pioneer farmers, tamers of the land and cultivators of the soil."
"They Came in Ships..." An address delivered by Paul Newfield
III on October 7, 2000, at Donaldsonville, Louisiana, on the occasion of
the dedication of the monument celebrating the Canary Islanders who settled
in Louisiana in the late 18th century.