- Sugar Plantations
December 28, 1835 ASCENSION, Louisiana African-Americans, Economy, Slavery
During the nineteenth century Louisiana was one of the country's largest producers of sugar. The sugar plantations contributed to the American economy and although they were not always the wealthiest of ventures, the proved to be objects of mystique to travelers passing through southern Louisiana. One such visitor to Louisiana was William Gray Fairfax of Virginia. Gray was on his way to Texas with...