Photo of sugar cane from Orleans LAGenWeb Archives postcards. Kettle from Moresi Foundry Inc.
How many sugar kettles from Kentucky are still in Louisiana?
Excerpt From URL
“…In 1846-47 William Kelly built the New Union Forge at the present site of Old Kuttawa on the Cumberland River. At this facility, thousands of cast iron kettles were manufactured and shipped to Louisiana and South American to be used in the refining of sugar. Many of these kettles were very large, measuring as much as 12 feet in diameter….” [The Kelly Kettle, by Odell Walker]
LSU has a Sugar presentation you can read.
A search of LAGenWeb led me to Iberville Parish where there are records of the 27th Session of Congress in the 2nd Session in the Senate reveal that Jefferson’s ideas of free trade had Louisiana sugar planters begging and praying for relief in 1842.
Here are a few more links to sugar in Louisiana. My favorite links are from the American Heritage Magazine and an copy of an article entitled, “…Louisiana’s Sea Monster”. The monster story references the hurricane of 1856 in august. The New York Times has an archived story in PDF format written in October of 1893. The Cajuns website offers a brief history of Last Island as well as a copy of a small book written about the hurricane that lists, “Last Island Hurricane: August 1856 – Those who died and survived”, Isle Deniere [Last Island] was a resort spot for the rich and powerful so many influential persons from South and SW Louisiana died there when it was Annihilated! Incredibly, there were some survivors!“
Sugar Stolen, September 6, 1862, The Daily Picayune
Selling Poor Steven, by Philip Burnham
Barataria, by Frederick Turner
“An increase of the duties on imported sugar”
Sugar Planters and Manufacturers 1842- Iberville Parish
Sugar Planters and Manufacturers 1895-1896 – Iberville Parish
“The Sugar Tax” December 25, 1856
New York Times Archives
Regional Sea Stories – Close Encounter With a Creature “of the Finny Tribe”
Louisiana’s Sea Monster Sighting of 1856
A Story of Gulf Coast Maritime History
Note: A storm destroyed sugar crops in Louisiana in 1856
The storm destroyed the 1856 sugar crop in south Louisiana. Ibid., August 14, 17, 1856.
(This one is a good one! even if it doesn’t say much about sugar.)
Sugar Kettle from Oak Alley Plantation
A. Moresi Foundry, Inc. of Jeanerette, Louisiana,
established in 1852, would like to introduce our cast-iron sugar kettles.
Audubon Sugar School