Foreign Consuls in America Cities bef. 1890

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Note: In 1871 most of the German States except Baden and Wurtemberg were combined under the tittle Northern German Republic in most of the City Directories. By 1872 all of them were now combined under the GERMAN EMPIRE

A little about some of our cities first, we hope you will enjoy.

  1. St. Louis, Missouri was selected by M. Laclede Liquest in 1764 as a future village. There are references to many arguments about whether this was really the best place for the new village, so several others sprung up as well, and one of those for sure was St. Charles, Missouri. Who knows, maybe this was the beginning of the Missouri nickname "Show Me State". After spending a number of my younger years growing up there, I can tell you agreement is not to be assumed, but won. It was not incorporated until 1809 and not as a city until 1831. In 1780, the walled village of St. Louis with it's gates and bastions contained what was in 1870, Main, Second, Third, Market, Walnut and Pine streets. The early names for these streets were Main, Church, Barn, Tower, and Kickapoo. I can come up with a logical reason for all but Kickapoo. In 1820 the population was 4,598 and by 1864 in excess of 200, 000. In 1817, the first steamship, the "General Pike" arrived at it's wharf.
  2. New Orleans, Louisiana was first encountered in the GREAT CRESCENT of the Mississippi River not far from it's mouth into the Gulf of Mississippi in April of 1682 by Robert Chevalier De La Salle under the patronage of Louis XIV and the Prince De Conti of France. In 1687, La Salle lost his life in an attempt to colonize this area for France, however a second attempt by France under the command of Lemoyne d'Iberville in 1697 was more successful under the admistration of the Count De Pontchartrain. In 1699 the Bay of St. Louis an actual settlement was established near Biloxi. The 1st governor was Antoine LeMoyne Sauvolle, and the 1st Lieutenant Governor was LeMoyne Bienville. The reason, I have included these names for anyone familiar with New Orleans today, will find these names used today for places there. In 1718, the settlement near Biloxi was found to be ill suited as the seat for the Louisiana Colony, so Bienville selected a new site and founded the city of News Orleans in the Crescent of the Mississippi River where it nearly touches Lake Pontchatrain. In 1762, the colony was ceded to Spain, and on August 18, 1769 Spain actually took possession by lowering the French and raising the Spanish flag at 8 PM in the "Place d'Armes" now Jackson Square. In 1800 Spain ceded Louisiana back to France to take possession in November of 1808, but in April of 1803 another treaty ceded it to the United States who took possession on December 20, 1803. In December of 1804, the first act of the new Legislature was the incorporation of the city of New Orleans. On January 10, 1812 reached the wharfs of New Orleans.
  3. San Francisco, California orginally called "Yerba Buena" had it's first settler in 1835 as W.A. Richardson, the Captain of the Port, erected a tent on the beach. In 1836, Jacob P. Leese built the first house on the spot where in 1880, the St. Francis Hotel stood. (ref. San Francisco 1861) In 1844 the village had reached the population which did not exceed 50 and a dozen houses. By 1846 it had nearly 200 people and 20 dwellings, and by September of 1847 500 residents and 157 houses and the name was changed from Yerba Buena to San Francisco. The discovery of gold then came, and in April of 1848 the town contained 200 dwellings and 850 residents and by July of 1849 the number of residents was 5000. In the 1852 census of the State of California, the population was 36, 154.

Consuls 1866 St. Louis, Missouri --- Country and followed by representative

Consuls 1867 New Orleans, Louisiana ---- Country followed by representative

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