portrait of Francisco Bouligny

Francisco Bouligny Lecture


The Francisco Bouligny Lecture

In 1977 descendants of Francisco Bouligny established the Bouligny Foundation to promote the study of Bouligny’s life and the history of Spanish Louisiana. The foundation’s activities included publishing a newsletter, sponsoring the Bouligny Prize for research papers on Francisco Bouligny and the Spanish colonial period, and hosting an annual lecture series. After many years of operation, the Bouligny Foundation dissolved and established an annual lecture at The Historic New Orleans Collection that would draw attention to the Spanish heritage of Louisiana.

Because the endowment for the annual lecture series does not cover all the costs associated with this event, your financial support is greatly appreciated. Should you like more information about helping to continue this important lecture series, please call The Collection’s development office at (504) 598-7109. All inquiries are held in strictest confidence and without obligation. Thank you for your support.

Francisco Bouligny

Francisco Domingo Joseph Bouligny, the son of Juan Bouligny and María Paret, was born in Alicante, Spain, in 1736. He entered military service at the age of twenty-two and served in Havana from 1763 to 1769, when he joined Alejandro O’Reilly’s Louisiana expedition. Charged with investigating and reporting the reaction of New Orleans residents to Spanish rule, Bouligny served as the translator at the trial of individuals who had participated in the initial uprising against Ulloa’s government.

On December 27, 1770, Bouligny married Marie Louise Le Sénéchal d’Auberville. In 1776, he submitted to the Spanish government a description of the natural resources, population, and exposed positions of Louisiana, along with his recommendations for the colony. Subsequently, Bouligny was appointed lieutenant governor of Louisiana in charge of new settlements, commerce, and Native American relations. In April 1779, he established New Iberia with immigrants from Málaga, Spain.

From 1779 to 1781, Bouligny participated in the numerous military campaigns of Governor Bernardo de Gálvez. In 1791, he was appointed full colonel in charge of the Louisiana Infantry Regiment. Upon the death of Governor Manuel Gayoso de Lemos y Amorin in 1799, Bouligny became acting governor for military affairs.

Francisco Bouligny died on November 25, 1800, in New Orleans. His career chronicles the entire Spanish Louisiana colonial period.

“The Archive of the Indies and Louisiana: An Enduring Legacy”
A lecture by Guadalupe Fernández Morente
Thursday, July 9, 2015 • 6:00 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited; for reservations, call (504) 523-4662 or email wrc@hnoc.org.
Reservations will be held until 5:50 p.m., at which time any unclaimed seats will be released to the public.

The Historic New Orleans Collection's 2015 Francisco Bouligny Lecture will examine recent developments in access to Louisiana materials at the Archivo General de Indias, one of the resources on colonial Louisiana. The lecture is part of an annual series examining Spanish influence in Louisiana.

Speaker Guadalupe Fernández Morente is the director of culture and history for the Nao Victoria Foundation. Based in Seville, Spain, the foundation is devoted to Spanish naval history, and the research division is devoted to the maritime expeditions and economic and cultural exchange between Spain, Asia and the Americas. Over the past 17 years, Fernández has produced guides to documents and studies on a wide variety of topics in the Archivo General de Indias, including North American Indians, Brazil, Florentine merchants, Caribbean hurricanes, and a climatological database for oceans (1750 - 1850).