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Terrebonne Parish History
One of the southernmost of Louisiana's parishes, Terrebonne Parish was established on March 22, 1822, from the southern part of Lafourche Interior, bordering on the Gulf of Mexico. Covering an area of 2100 square miles, it is the second-largest parish in the state. The early French settlers named the parish for the fertility of its soils: terre bonne means "good earth." 

It has been a center of Cajun culture since the 18th century.  

The parish seat is Houma, named after the Houma Indian tribe who settled in the region in the mid-to-late 18th century.

In 1848, Houma was incorporated as a city by an act of legislature. By this time, industry in Houma consisted largely of plantations for sugar cane, the harvesting of seafood, fur trading, and logging industries. The cultivation of sugar cane was the principal agricultural industry in the parish. The first plantation in the parish was established in 1828. By 1851, Terrebonne had 110 plantations with 80 sugar houses (small sugar cane mills).
[source: wikipedia]

From 1840-1860, the number of slaves vastly outnumbered the white population

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Houma (parish seat)

Census-designated Places
Bayou Blue ~ Bayou Cane ~ Bourg ~ Chauvin ~ Dulac ~ Gray ~ Montegut ~ Presquille ~ Schriever

Other Unincorporated Communities
Ashland ~ Chacahoula ~ Cocodrie ~ Gibson ~ Isle de Jean Charles ~ Pointe-aux-Chenes ~ Theriot 


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Nov 2017:  biographies for BARTON, BLAKE, BONVILLAIN, BOUDREAUX, BOURG, BROOKS, BROWN,  BUFORD, CAILLOUET, CLAVERIE, DASPIT, DUVAL, GUENO, McBRIDE, MINOR, MONTEGUT, PIEDRA, ROBICHAUX, SUTHON, THERIOT.  Obituaries for COCADAGE, DUPRE, VIGUERIE, WINDER, BISLAND, SPRUEL.  Birth announcement for PARFAIT

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