Agreement That Gave Louisiana To Spain

In Spanish times, Louisiana developed all the exceptional attributes that characterized the state during the Antebellum period: a large African population of slaves and free colored people and a slave-based plantation system that produced cotton and sugar dominated by an elitist Creole merchant class. During this period, New Orleans also became the center of commercial and social life and influenced the wider region to the extent that few colonial cities did. Another enduring legacy of the Spanish period — less tangible, but deeper — was the transformation of Louisiana`s racial order. The three-caste racial system, consisting of whites, slaves and free blacks, has never been stable and always controversial.