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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Officials--Governors

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Officials--Governors--Don Alejandro O'Reilly 1
1 8/18/1769 Arrives aboard the Spanish Frigate "Solante" to take formal possession of the Colony as its Governor and Captain General. Religious and military ceremonies attendant upon this occasion are described. Provisional Governor, Don Carlos Felipe Aubri, delivers the keys of the city to O'Reilly.
Officials--Governors--Don Alejandro O'Reilly 1
3 12/1/1769 Forms a Cabildo or Municipal Government; appoints six commissioners and a secretary at a meeting held at his residence. Don Luis de Unzaga, Colonel of the Royal Armies and Governor Elect of the city by authority of the King, was present at this meeting and was appointed as successor to O'Reilly during his absence.
Officials--Governors--Don Alejandro O'Reilly 1
6 12/2/1769 O'Reilly assembles at his residence the newly appointed Commissioners and the Colonel of the Royal Armies (Unzaga) for the purpose of electing two Ordinary Judges, an Attorney General and a City Treasurer. (See "Annual Elections")
Officials--Governors--Don Alejandro O'Reilly 1
10 2/23/1770 Presents to the Cabildo rules and regulations for the establishment of the Spanish Government; and instructions governing the Cabildo and other judges of the Province. Also creates two offices of Notary Public, and made appointments to fill same. (See "Notary Public")
Officials--Governors--Don Alejandro O'Reilly 1
16 3/1/1770 At this time O'Reilly informs the Cabildo of his contemplated departure. He left as his successor the Honorable Governor and President of this Cabildo, Unzaga.
Officials--Governors--Don Luis De Unzaga Y Amezaga 1
3 12/1/1769 Colonel of the Royal Armies and Governor Elect by authority of the King when O'Reilly was appointed Governor and Captain General, Unzaga is now appointed successor to O'Reilly during his absence.
Officials--Governors--Don Luis De Unzaga Y Amezaga 1
16 3/1/1770 O'Reilly departs, leaving Unzaga as Governor and President of the Cabildo.
Officials--Governors--Don Luis De Unzaga Y Amezaga 1
22 3/16/1770 At this meeting a Royal Edict is read in which Don Andres Almonaster Y Rojas is named by the King as "Secretary of all His Kingdom" (or Dominions?). At the same time an appointment made by the Governor, Unzaga, names Don Andres Almonaster Y Rojas Notary Public of War and Royal Finance.
Officials--Governors--Don Luis De Unzaga Y Amezaga 1
27 6/12/1770 Unzaga names Don Cecilio Odoardo Auditor of War and Assessor General. (Commission creating this position is shown on pages 29 and 30).
Officials--Governors--Don Luis De Unzaga Y Amezaga 1
250 1/1/1777 At this meeting Unzaga informs the Cabildo that he has been appointed Governor and Captain-General of the City of Caracas and the Province of Venezuela, and that the King has ordered him to transfer to Don Bernardo de Galvez, Colonel of the Battalion, the government of the Province of Louisiana.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 1
250 1/1/1777 The Comissioners being informed of the transfer of the Governorship of Louisiana to Don Bernardo de Galvez, Colonel of the Battalion, receives him to the exercise and use of the office of Governor-General, pro-tem. Galvez took the customary oath and ordered the Cabildo to proceed with the usual annual elections.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 1
329 8/20/1779 Galvez informs the Cabildo of a Royal Edict making him actual Governor of the city and Province. After taking the usual oath the session was closed with demonstrations of rejoicing by the citizens.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
2 9/8/1779 Don Pedre Piernas, Commandant of this Plaza and Lieutenant Governor of the Royal Armies, sent an official letter to the Cabildo giving notice of the capture of Fort Manchac by Galvez. At a previous session held in the forenoon (page 1) be notified them of the declaration of war against England, and the King's wishes in regard to the disposition of British subjects who were taken prisoners, also a letter from Galvez in which he states that the Spanish and French Nations will mutually assist each other during this war.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
3 10/1/1779 At the foot of the minutes of this session is recorded a Vote of Confidence given to Galvez by the Cabildo in recognition of his vigilance in the capture of Fort Manchac and of Baton Rouge without the spilling of blood, and with so much honor to the Catholic Troops.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
18 3/20/1780 The Commissioners receive from Galvez an official statement covering the surrender of Fort Mobile in which he captured (March 12) 35 cannons, eight mounted mortars, 177 men of the regular troops and 185 inhabitants and sailors. He enclosed a casualty list of his own men and officers. He asked that the Commissioners notify the Father Vicar to have the "Te Deum" sung.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
26 5/5/1780 The Commissioners receive from Galvez a document stating that he has been made Field Marshall by the King in recognition of his victories at Manchac and at Baton Rouge.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
27 5/12/1780 The Commissioners ask Galvez to return to this Province to check the savage Negroes.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
48 1/19/1781 At this meeting the Commissioners grant permission to a carpenter to retain his shack on the river bank "until all the ships destined for the expedition to Pensacola have been cleared and departed from this port and Province."
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
55 5/18/1781 Don Pedro Piernas, Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Armies and Acting Commandant of the Province, informs the Cabildo of the surrender of Pensacola on the 8th inst., including all the forts held by the English in that Province.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
74 9/14/1781 Don Pedro Piernas presents a document to the Cabildo in which the King officially recognized Mobile and Pensacola as Louisiana territory to be governed by Galvez as Governor and Captain General. Commissioners send congratulations.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
101 3/1/1782 Galvez appoints Don Estevan Miro as Acting Civil and Military Governor during his absence. Miro is sworn in and promised to present the usual bond within a short time.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
115 4/26/1782 A document is presented to the Cabildo by Miro containing a Royal Title establishing a Captaincy-General of the Province of Louisiana, Pensacola, Mobile, Apalache and other territory formerly occupied by the British (independent of the Island of Cuba and the Indies) and naming Galvez first Governor and Captain General. (Pages 116 to 126 recount all the deeds of valor performed by Galvez in many battles).
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
161 1/17/1783 Galvez happily informs the Cabildo of the birth of a son.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 2
210 1/30/1784 At this meeting a document is read by the Secretary in which the Acting Governor requests that the City be illuminated for three nights and that the "Te Deum" be sung. (This was evidently in thanksgiving for the end of the war between Spain and England, as at the next meeting of the Cabildo, Februatry 6th, 1784, a definite Treaty of Peace was presented to the Cabildo and ordered filed in the Archives.)
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 3 I 36 1/14/1785 Galvez is made Governor of Havana and Captain General of Cuba - retaining his status as Governor and Captain General of Louisiana and Florida.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 3 I 63 8/26/1785 Notifies the Cabildo by letter that the King has conferred upon him the Viceroyship of New Spain.
Officials--Governors--Don Bernardo De Galvez 3 I 167 5/4/1787 At this meeting mention is made of the "deceased Count de Galvez," and at the same time Miro presents a Royal Commission naming him Actual Governor of the city and Province, in command of Mobile and Pensacola. Don Joseph Espeleta is made Captain-General. (See Page 178 same volume).
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 2
101 3/1/1782 Is appointed Acting Governor of the Province by Galvez to act during the absence of Galvez in military service. He was sworn in and promised to present the usual bond within a short time.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 2
103 3/8/1782 Miro notifies the Cabildo at this time of his departure for El Guarico, arranged by Galvez, leaving in command Don Manuel de Cagigal.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 2
190 8/1/1783 The King authorizes Miro to appoint a Brigadier to substitute in his absence. Miro appointed Don Joseph Espeleta, Captain General of the Cuban Islands, but due to his residence in Havana, Cuba, Miro retains the command of this Province (see page 194). (After the death of Galvez, Espeleta received the Royal Confirmation of the Captaincy-Generalship - See Cabildo Book 3, Volume I, page 178).
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 I 81 12/16/1785 Miro presents Royal Decree naming him Civil and Military Governor of the City of New Orleans and the Province of Louisiana.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 I 119 9/1/1786 Receives Royal Decree granting privilege to sing with a seal.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 I 167 5/4/1787 Receives Royal Commission naming him Actual Governor of the City and Province of Louisiana and in command of Pensacola and Mobile.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 I 166 5/4/1787 Miro informs the Cabildo of the intention of Galvez ("deceased Captain-General of this Province") to separate the command of the towns of Opelousas and Atakapas due to increased population. He therefore appoints Don Nicolas Forstall to the command of Opelousas, and leaves Don Alejandro Declouet in command of Atakapas.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 II 48 1/23/1789 At this meeting of the Cabildo the Commissioners resolve to petition His Majesty to confer on Miro the Captaincy-Generalship of this Province, Mobile, Pensacola and annexes.
Officials--Governors--Don Estevan Miro 3 II 166 12/30/1791 Miro is transferred to Spain, and El Baron de Carondelet is made Civil and Military Governor of Louisiana.
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 3 II 156 10/29/1791 At this meeting the Commissioners discuss the reception of the Governor elect, and appoint two of their number to go a short distance to meet him.
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 3 II 163 12/29/1791 The Commissioners receive the official letter in which His Majesty advises them of the appointment of Carondelet as Civil and Military Governor of Louisiana in immediate command of Pensacola and Mobile.
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 3 II 164 12/30/1791 The Cabildo meets in extraordinary session for the reception of El Baron de Carondelet. He presents Royal Decrees, and Miro places him in charge of the Civil and Military government of the Province. (Royal Decree on page 166).
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 3 III 138 6/7/1794 At a previous meeting of the Cabildo, May 16, 1794, Commissioner Francisco Pascalis de la Barre asked the Cabildo to petition His Majesty that Carondelet be made Captain-General of the Province. At this meeting they resolve to make the petition.
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 4 I 90 2/19/1796 Almonaster informs the Cabildo that Carondelet has been made Field Marshall of the Royal Armies.
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 4 I 162 11/25/1796 At this time Carondelet advises the Cabildo of the resignation (in Cuba) of the Captain General of this Province, and the appointment of another in Barcelona. In view of the long period of time required for the appointee to arrive in Havana, Carondelet will assume the duties of Captain General for Louisiana. The King reserving the right to decide later who shall take command of the Province of Louisiana. The Commissioners express satisfaction at seeing him elevated to the grade of Captain General.
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 4 II 20 8/4/1797 Calls the Cabildo in extraordinary session to announce the appointment of Don Manuel Gayoso de Lemos as Civil and Military Governor. Two Commissioners were appointed to go meet the new Governor. (Royal Commission on page 22 naming Gayoso as Governor due to the transfer of Carondelet.)
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 4 II 35 9/1/1797 At this time the Attorney General states that the inhabitants wish to give a public testimonial of their gratitude to Carondelet. He proposes that the Cabildo order the Secretary to assemble all data from the record book concerning his acts, and have same compiled and bound. his acts
Officials--Governors--El Baron De Carondelet 4 II 37 9/4/1797 The Commissioners assemble in extraordinary session to plan a farewell visit to Carondelet and congratulate him on his advancement to the Presidency and Commandant Generalship of Quito, and express their gratitude for his devotion to this Province.
Officials--Governors--Don Manuel Gayoso De Lemos 4 II 20 8/4/1797 At this time the Cabildo met in extraordinary session to read a letter from Don Manuel Gayoso de Lemos informing them that he had been made Civil and Military Governor of this Province. (On Page 21 is recorded the inaugural reception, and on page 22 the Royal Commissions signed by the King naming him, also, Commander of Pensacola and Mobile.)
Officials--Governors--Don Manuel Gayoso De Lemos 4 III 46 7/19/1799 Don Nicholas Maria Vidal, Lieutenant Governor, informs the Cabildo that due to the death, yesterday afternoon, of Don Manuel Gayoso de Lemos, the position of Civil Governor General and Royal Vice Patron falls upon him, according to Royal Orders.
Officials--Governors--Don Nicholas Maria Vidal 4 III 46 7/19/1799 Judge Advocate of War and Lieutenant Governor, informs the Cabildo that due to the death (yesterday afternoon) of Don Manuel Gayoso, the position of Civil Governor General and Royal Vice Patron falls upon him; according to Royal Orders.
Officials--Governors--Don Nicholas Maria Vidal 4 III 47 7/27/1799 Presents to the Cabildo a copy of the Royal Order (above referred to) concerning the position of Royal Vice Patron, which Royal Order was not given to the Cabildo by the preceding Governors. He also corrects the box at the theatre to permit its use by the Commissioners. (see "THEATRES").
Officials--Governors--Don Nicholas Maria Vidal 4 III 53 8/3/1799 Calls the attention of the Cabildo to a Royal Order concerning a fund for the establishment of a Granary (see "RICE") which Royal Order had also been overlooked by two preceding governors.
Officials--Governors--Don Nicholas Maria Vidal 4 III 59 8/23/1799 Informs the Cabildo that he has established, a sanitary inspection of ships. (See "HEALTH")
Officials--Governors--Don Nicholas Maria Vidal 4 III 199 8/1/1800 At this meeting of the Cabildo a letter obtained from the Post Office, is opened and read. It is from Don Manuel de Salcedo who states that he has been entrusted by His Majesty with the Civil and Military government of these Provinces.
Officials--Governors--Don Manuel De Salcedo 4 IV 86 4/24/1801 At this time the Commissioners, who had agreed upon a reception to be tendered the new Governor, called upon the Marquis de Casa Calvo, Commander-General of the Royal Army, to extend to him an invitation. The Marquis informed them that he intended to give a reception to the new Governor himself, but if the Cabildo had decided to do so, he would place the Government House at their disposal. The Commissioners resolved to hold their own reception in the Cabildo on the day the governor is inducted into office. The Marquis insisted on giving his reception. The Commissioners agreed that if they were compelled to omit their reception, they would report the matter to His Majesty and send him a copy of this act.

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