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Louisiana’s Spanish Heritage (2018)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-06-15

Duration: 00:06:33

Subjects: History | Spain


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Editor
  • Cox, Corneil Interviewee
  • Gregory, Hiram F. Interviewee
  • Arceneaux, William Interviewee
  • Vella, Christina Interviewee
  • Benge, Dorothy Interviewee
  • Cummins, Light Interviewee


This segment from the June 15, 2018, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ report on Louisiana’s Spanish heritage, including the Los Adaes settlement in Natchitoches Parish and the Los Isleños settlers in St. Bernard Parish. Spires reports that Louisiana was a Spanish colony from 1762-1800. Her report includes archival interviews with: Corneil Cox, Los Adaes descendant; Hiram F. Gregory, historian; Dr. William Arceneaux, author; Christina Vella, historian; Dorothy Benge, Isleños descendant; and Light Cummins, historian. Host: Andre Moreau