Sugar Kettles: Spread The History of Louisiana Sugar Industry
Updated: Apr 10, 2018
Louisiana has a storied history and we want to spread the word. We have placed a variety of sizes of our sugar kettles on display at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center to do our part. If you are in the area, stop by and visit. See our kettles and become immersed in the history and culture of the great state of Louisiana.
Outside of the chemical engineering building at Louisiana State University, there are two plaques describing the sugar kettle on display. The sugar kettle pays homage to the process of granulating sugar from sugar cane and the boom of the Louisiana sugar cane industry.
The plaque's briefly explain the sugar kettle (cauldron) on display and the life of Jean Étienne de Boré who was known for producing the first granulated sugar in Louisiana in 1795. Boré was a pioneer for the agriculutre industry and brought hope and prosperity to many who were previously in economic dispair. After the United States acquired the Louisiana Purchase territory, the Governor of the Orleans Territory, William C. C. Claiborne, appointed Boré in late 1803, as the first mayor of New Orleans under the US.
Boré's sugar plantation resides where Audubon Park in New Orleans now stands. Today, Boré is still commemorated across the state for revolutionizing the Louisiana economy and sugar industry. New Orleans has a Boré street in honor of it's first mayor and one of Louisiana's oldest live oak tree is named the Étienne de Boré, residing on his old plantation property and listed in the Registry of the Live Oak Society.