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Timeline of the 18th Century


  • January 5: The temperature in London drops to -15 °C, the lowest ever recorded in Europe, marking the beginning of the Great Frost.
  • December 27: French officials estimate that nearly 500,000 died from famine in 1709.


  • January 14: A colonist in Louisiana writes the French government, telling of milder temperatures and a better harvest. Many people begin moving to Louisiana upon hearing this news.
  • March 2: 60,000 colonists have arrived in New Orleans by this time, almost a quarter of the original voyagers having perished on their journey.


  • January 1: Louisiana reports that its population has grown to approximately 1,300,000.


  • May 28: The Battle of Jumonville Glen ends in British victory and begins the Fourth Intercontinental War, or the American theater of the Seven Years' War.
  • June 1: Louis XV decrees that an army must be conscripted from the Louisiana colony and sends General Chevalier de Lévis and General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm to fight the war. The rest of the war's commanders come from the Louisianan army.
  • July 3: An army of Louisianans and their Native American allies attack Fort Necessity and take George Washington prisoner after a decisive victory.


  • June 7: The Battle of Fort Duquesne ends in a brutal British defeat in which General Braddock is killed.
  • June 14: The Battle of Fort Beauséjour ends in British victory.


  • September 14: The British capture Fort Duquesne, giving them total control of the Ohio valley.
  • September 19: Louisburg falls to the British after a siege.


  • February 11: The Battle of Quebec ends in a British victory, but claims the life of a prominent British commander.
  • June 29: The British capture Fort Niagara.


  • September 7: The British refuse a peace negotiation offered by Marquis de Vaudreuil and the siege of Montreal begins.


  • January 23: The British capture Montreal, but the French refuse to surrender.


  • April 12: The French capture Newfoundland in one of the greatest strategic victories of the war.
  • October 22: The Battle of Signal Hill ends in the French losing Newfoundland and finally surrendering later that day.


  • February 10: The Treaty of Paris is signed, transferring control of Louisiana to Spain and New France to Britain.
  • February 15: The Treaty of Hubertusburg ends the European Theater of the Seven Years' War.
  • March 1: The remaining Louisiana armies concentrate their forces on the Spanish, who have begun entering the territory, after declaring independence from Spain.
  • April 2: The Louisianans claim victory in the Battle of El Dorado, pushing the Spanish out of the southeastern area of Louisiana, beginning the War of Louisianan Independence.
  • July 1: Marquis de Vaudreuil is crowned King of Louisiana.


  • August 9: Louisiana crushes the military of New Spain in the Battle of Cortez in Spanish territory, marking the end of the Louisianan Revolution.


  • July 4: The Thirteen Colonies declare their independence from Britain.
  • November 25: The British devastate the colonial militia of the United States at the Battle of Boston, crushing the rebellion.


  • March 7: Spain invades Louisiana in hopes of reclaiming the territory, and the makeshift Louisianan military readies itself for the impending conflict.
  • April 30: Louisianan forces under Comte de Rochambeau score a victory in the Battle of Natchitoches.
  • June 3: The Spanish fail to capture New Orleans after invading through Florida and the Louisianans turn their attention toward the east.
  • July 9: The Battle of Tallahassee ends with the Spanish retreating to Tampa.
  • October 16: The Louisianans take advantage of their victory to strike at the heart of New Spain; the Battle of Santa Fe results in the deaths of nearly 3,000 Spanish soldiers.
  • October 29: The Spanish win their first victory in the Battle of San Antonio, but the Louisianans are able to capture some of the western Gulf Coast.
  • November 12: The Spanish surrender after the Battle of Tampa, ceding some Rocky Mountain territory, Gulf coast territory, and all of Florida. The remarkably one sided war gives Louisiana the attention and respect of the European powers.


  • January 1: George Washington is released from French imprisonment to find the 13 colonies in shambles.


  • July 4: The United States redeclares its independence from Britain, this time with the backing of the French and Louisianans.


  • September 3: The Americans emerge victorious in the American Revolution.
  • November 8: King Marquis of Louisiana establishes a trade agreement and military alliance with the United States.


  • May: The French Revolution begins


  • January 3: George Washington assumes the presidency of the United States.
  • March 7: Marquis II is crowned King of Louisiana upon the death of his father.
  • July 25: Marquis II begins sending explorers into Oregon Territory.
  • November 30: Marquis II abolishes the practice of slavery throughout the kingdom, to the dismay of many farmers on the plains, and the joy of many city dwellers.


  • January 3: A rebellion at Clair protesting the slavery ban in the great plains of Louisiana is put down.
  • April 19: A second rebellion at Sainte-Pierre is put down.
  • April 20: The War of the First Coalition begins.
  • May 3: Marquis II issues the Saint-Pierre Decree in which he states that anyone who "encourages, supports, or engages in actions against the throne" will be imprisoned or executed. He also states that no man shall be allowed to claim authority over another besides the king himself.



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