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List of colonial governors of Louisiana

This is a list of the colonial governors of Louisiana, from the founding of the first settlement by the French in 1699 to the territory's acquisition by the United States in 1803.

The French and Spanish governors administered a territory which was much larger than the modern U.S. state of Louisiana, comprising Louisiana (New France) and Louisiana (New Spain), respectively.

At the same time, there are parts of present-day Louisiana which were historically administered by other colonial powers, with the most prominent example being the area known as the Florida Parishes, north of Lake Pontchartrain and east of the Mississippi River. This territory was originally part of French Louisiana, but it belonged to the Kingdom of Great Britain for twenty years (1763–83) following the French and Indian War.

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First French Louisiana (1682–1762)Edit

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office
1   Sauvolle
(1671–1701)
1699 1701
(Died in office)
2   Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
(1680–1767)
1701 1713
3   Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac
(1658–1730)
1713 1716
4   Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
(1680–1767)
1716 1717
5   Jean-Michel de Lepinay
(16??–17??)
1717 1718
6   Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
(1680–1767)
1718 1724
7   Pierre Dugué de Boisbriand
(1675–1736)
1724 1726
8   Étienne Périer
(1687–1766)
1726 1733
9   Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
(1680–1767)
1733 1743
10   Pierre de Rigaud de Vaudreuil-Cavagnial
(1698–1778)
1743 1753
11   Louis Billouart
(1704–1770)
1753 1763
12   Jean-Jacques Blaise d'Abbadie
(1726–1765)
1763 1765
(Died in office)
13   Charles Philippe Aubry
(17??–1770)
1765 1768

Spanish Louisiana (1762–1802)Edit

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office
14   Antonio de Ulloa
(1716–1795)
1766 1768
15   Charles Philippe Aubry
(17??–1770)
1768 1769
16   Alejandro O'Reilly
(1722–1794)
1769 1769
17   Luis de Unzaga
(1721–1790)
1770 1777
18   Bernardo de Gálvez
(1746–1786)
1777 1785
19   Esteban Rodríguez Miró
(1744–1795)
1785 1791
20   Francisco Luis Héctor de Carondelet
(1748–1807)
1791 1797
21   Manuel Gayoso de Lemos
(1747–1799)
1797 1799
22   Francisco Bouligny
(1736–1800)
1799 1799
23   Sebastián Calvo de la Puerta y O'Farrill
(1751–1820)
1799 1801
24   Nicolás María Vidal (Acting Civil Governor)
(1739–1806)
1799 1801
25   Juan Manuel de Salcedo
(1743–18??)
1801 1803

Second French Louisiana (1802–1804)Edit

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office
  Pierre Clément de Laussat**
(1756–1835)
1803 1803

**Laussat was initially only to be the interim head of Louisiana until arrival of the Governor General Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte appointed by Napoleon. However, news of the Sale of Louisiana reached Bernadotte before he could sail from La Rochelle in May 1803.

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