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|VALENZUELA (Plattenville, at the beginning of Bayou Lafourche)|
|Galvez had selected an area on Bayou Lafourche south of the Mississippi
River. For the most part, the Lafourche area was deserted, though
some settlers were already located where Bayou Lafourche merged with the
Mississippi. The area he selected was named Valenzuela. There
were already some Acadians in the area, but most were along the Mississippi
River. Lieut. St. Maxent was appointed as commandant of Valenzuela
and went there early to prepare for the arrival of the first Islenos in
March of 1779.
Judice, the commandant of the Acadians, owned the land at the SW corner of the juncture of Bayou Lafourche and the Mississippi River. This caused a bit of conflict, because Maxent was military commander of Valenzuela, but Judice was actually in charge over civil matters.
St. Maxent brouth the first settlers a few miles down the bayou and settled them on the left bank. More of the recruits and their families arrived later. Ten houses had been build by May. Their houses were about 15' x 30' with 2 doors, 3 windows. and a chimney. They may have had a gallery, 6' wide, on one side of the house.
A little ways down the Lafourche, on the right (west) bank, we find the following settlers (in this order) in 1779: Francisco Hidalgo, Pedro Gonzales, Juan Hidalgo, Juan Aleman, Andres Pereyra, Diego Gonzales, Baroleme Hernandez, and Juan Figueres.
A census in 1784 found 174 people at Valenzuela, 154 of which were Islenos. By the time the Acadians arrived on the seven ships in 1785, the population of the Lafourche Interior was 353. Over 800 Acadians came to the Bayou Lafouche area, increasing the population to about 1,500 in 1788. They settled further down the Lafourche.
Both the Islenos and the Acadians were Catholic, but they didn't receive a priest until Father Bernardo de Deva came in March 1793. [Din, p. 77] Each group wanted the church built in their area. A couple of years later, it was finally built in the Acadian area ... near present-day Plattenville.