Darensbourg’s Life

Karl Fredrick Darensbourg
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Karl Fredrick Darensbourg, the first commandant of the German Coast, served for over forty-eight years. He was beloved by the people of the German Coast. Darensbourg was born on January 25, 1694, in Stettin, Pomerania (presently Poland, but was a Swedish possession at the time). According to historian Reinhart Kondert, Darensbourg’s baptismal certificate from the Lutheran Castle Church in Stett in shows his name written as Carol Frideric Arensburg.

He was a Swedish officer on the Portefaix and later became one of the leaders of the 1768 revolution against the Spanish takeover of the French colony. He married German-born Marguerite Metzer, had two sons and four daughters, and all of his children married into prominent French families. Darensbourg earned the respect of all of Louisiana’s governors and was appointed Chevalier St. Louis in 1765 by the king of France. He died in 1777 at the age of eighty-four. Many of his descendants still reside on the German Coast where it is believed Darensbourg is buried.

1777: “Father of the German Coast” Dies

This text is © copyright material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.

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