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1700 - 1860: French Colonial

Colonists design homes for a flood-prone territory

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French colonists in the Mississippi Valley built houses especially suited to the hot, wet climate of their new home. Learn more: French Colonial Architecture
French Colonial Plantation Home in Louisiana

French Colonial Plantation Home in Louisiana

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The French colonists who settled in Louisiana and other parts of the Mississippi Valley borrowed ideas from the Caribbean and the West Indies to design homes for swampy, flood-prone lands.

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