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Snapshots

  1. Native American

    Snapshot Title: Native American
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The only male "Spirit" among the central group, this Native American warrior bears a tobacco stalk as a traditional symbol of peace.



  2. French influence

    Snapshot Title: French influence
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Louisiana was claimed by the French (named after King Louis XIV) in 1799 and the first settlers were largely transplanted French Canadians, arriving from frigid Quebec in their thick woolen clothes to...



  3. Southern Belle

    Snapshot Title: Southern Belle
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    At the center of the "Spirits" over the entry portico of the capitol is a Confederate sypathizer, caring flowers for the grave of the "Lost Cause". It must be remembered that the Civil War ended in ...



  4. Native American

    Snapshot Title: Native American
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    A bare-chested female figure carrying a decorated pot frames the west end of the central group of "spirits" which influenced Louisiana culture.



  5. Spain

    Snapshot Title: Spain
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The spirit of Spain is exemplified b a crowned figure holding a model of the Cabildo, the Spanish capitol in New Orleans on the north side of Jackson Square. A galleon rests on top of the building.



  6. Liberty

    Snapshot Title: Liberty
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Liberty, much like the statue in New York City harbor, has rays of light emanating from her head. She carries an olive branch in one hand and cluster of arrows in the other.



  7. Art-Deco Eagle

    Snapshot Title: Art-Deco Eagle
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The building was begun in the mid 1930's during the Great Depression. It was also the height of the Art-Deco style of building with its almost geometric decoration ---- the Chrysler Building in New Y...



  8. Iberville or Bienville?

    Snapshot Title: Iberville or Bienville?
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Louisiana was claimed by France in 1699 and European settlers were led by two French-Canadian brothers, Iberville and Bienville who made peace with the Native population and established New Orleans at...



  9. Civil War memorabilia

    Snapshot Title: Civil War memorabilia
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The battle flag of the Confederate States has a rather central position above the entry portico to the Capitol. The formal flag of the rebellion, the "Stars and Bars" was too easy to mistake for the ...



  10. Missionaries

    Snapshot Title: Missionaries
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    As a French colony, many Jesuits from French Canada made their way to Louisiana to preach among the Native Americans and motley pioneers who sought fortune in the Louisiana territory --- which extende...



  11. Territorial disputes

    Snapshot Title: Territorial disputes
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    As the Europeans encroached more and more on Native American lands, hostilities were inevitable.



  12. French soldiers?

    Snapshot Title: French soldiers?
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Napoleon Bonaparte, eager to replenish his war chests for more adventures in Europe, sold the colony of Louisiana to the USA through the negotiations with Jefferson's Congress in 1810. A Ceremony was...



  13. Andrew Jackson

    Snapshot Title: Andrew Jackson
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Louisiana State Capitol frieze
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    In 1815, Andrew Jackson and his force of infantry regulars, local militia and bayou pirate Jean Lafitte stopped an invading British army at the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson is depicted here on hors...