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 Michel Dragon

Michel Dragon

Birth
Death 1821 (aged 81–82)
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 71224396 · View Source
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It's probable that the first Greek on the scene was named Dragonas (born 1734). Other immigrants to Louisiana called him Michel. Dragonas arrived in New Orleans before 1764 and became an officer in the French militia when Louisiana was ceded to Spain. He participated in Governor Galvez's campaign against the British in Western Florida in the 1770s. His marriage to Francoise Chauvin de Monplaisir was noted in the local society pages and his grandson Alexandre is considered one of the great 'sons of Louisiana'. He served in the cabinet of the Confederate Government and became Louisiana's first state superintendent of public education. Like many prestigious New Orleans families, the Dragonas have their tomb in the oldest of New Orleans'
mausoleums - Saint Louis No 1.
Dragonas was one of the first of many from the island of Chios to emigrate to North America. Fleeing increasing Ottoman pressure, then the violence surrounding Greek efforts towards autonomy and independence, Chiotes migrated
in great numbers to the new continent. The first Chiot Society of Agia Markella was established in New Orleans.


The early Greeks of New Orleans by Zane Katsikis





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  • Created by: Diona Dickerson
  • Added: 12 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71224396
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michel Dragon (1739–1821), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71224396, citing Saint Louis Cemetery Number 1, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Diona Dickerson (contributor 46857758) .