Sunday, September 16, 2018

Donald J. Sharp History Blog Welcome

Welcome to the historical research collection of Donald J. Sharp, much of which focuses on the Tchefuncte River on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, as well as New Orleans, LA, and the Gulf Coast areas of Mississippi and Alabama.

We will be posting blog articles of interest on a number of topics, connecting families to the lands where they settled and other fascinating highlights of the political and economic development of the 1700's and beyond.

The process is underway, but there is a lot to do. So stay tuned.

Over the past 60 years Donald J. Sharp has been researching the history of southeast Louisiana, from the early families of New Orleans to the towns, cemeteries and Native Americans of St. Tammany Parish.

His research has filled two-dozen 3-ring binder volumes with notes, pictures, maps, and illustrations centered on key components of area history, with considerable information on the "Tchefuncte River Corridor."

That geographic area, from the mouth of the Tchefuncte River, including Lewisburg, Mandeville and portions of Tangipahoa Parish, all the way past Covington, has proven to be an incredibly rich resource for understanding how things came to be, the family connections, the military actions, and especially the commerce and industry that helped keep it all going.

A few years ago Sharp published, with co-author Anita R. Campeau, a book entitled, "The History of Mandeville," a 360-page overview of the Mandeville area from the American Revolution to Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville.

That book, available from Amazon, features chapter titles such as "The English Colonial Period," "The Revolutionary War Upheaval in British West Florida," and "The Battle of Lake Pontchartrain."