The House That Sugarcane Built tells the saga of Jules M. Burguieres Sr. and five generations of Louisianans who, after the Civil War, established a sugar empire that has survived into the present. When twenty-seven-year-old Parisian immigrant Eugene D. Burguieres landed at the Port of New Orleans in 1831, one of the oldest Louisiana dynasties began. Seen through the lens of one family, this book traces the Burguieres from seventeenth-century France, to nineteenth- century New Orleans and rural south Louisiana and into the twenty-first century. It is also a rich portrait of an American region that has retained its vibrant French culture. As the sweeping narrative of the clan unfolds, so does the story of their family-owned sugar business, the J. M. Burguieres Company, as it plays a pivotal role in the expansion of the sugar industry in Louisiana, Florida, and Cuba.The French Burguieres were visionaries who knew the value of land and its bountiful resources. The fertile soil along the bayous and wetlands of south Louisiana bestowed on them an abundance of sugarcane above its surface, and salt, oil, and gas beneath. Ever in pursuit of land, the Burguieres expanded their holdings to include the vast swamps of the Florida Everglades; then, in 2004, they turned their sights to cattle ranches on the great frontier of west Texas.Finally, integral to the story are the complex dynamics and tensions inherent in this family-owned company, revealing both failures and victories in its history of more than 135 years. The J. M. Burguieres Company's survival has depended upon each generation safeguarding and nourishing a legacy for the next.
|Publication date:||30th May 2017|
|Author:||Donna McGee Onebane|
|Publisher:||University Press of Mississippi|
|Categories:||Business & management, Folklore, myths & legends,|
Donna McGee Onebane is a folklorist and a member of the English department faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was director for the Library of Congress Veterans Oral History Project in Louisiana and Louisiana Voices. Her contributions have appeared in Louisiana English Journal, Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, and The Mark Twain Encyclopedia.More About Donna McGee Onebane