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The Arroyo Hondo and the Sabine River were named the eastern and western boundaries, respectively. The southern boundary was undoubtedly the Gulf of Mexico, and it can be assumed that the northern boundary was the thirty-second parallel, approximately. The area covered by the agreement was declared off-limits to soldiers of both countries.
Local officers of Spain and the United States agreed to leave the Neutral Ground temporarily outside the jurisdiction of either country. The area, now in western Louisiana, had neutral status from to Spain had been concerned for many years with what it viewed as the encroachment of the French from Louisiana into Texas. Aboutthe French moved their post at Natchitoches from the east to the west side of the Red River.
A good name is everything. Linda Curtis-Sparks, Director of the Sabine Parish Tourism Commission, says that this history, and the fact that it means the area had a longer and more recent frontier experience, is still visible in the local culture. Members of the Choctaw-Apache Nation maintain and celebrate their traditions at an annual Pow Wow the last weekend of April.
One of the earliest original land grants was made to Ambrosie LeCompte, a resident of Natchitoches Parish. The present day city of Leesville is located near the center of the LeCompte grant. As stipulated in terms of the grant, Monsieur LeCompte was to permit no stranger who did not have the proper passport to travel through his grant.
Edward Townes. The two men formalized the establishment of the Neutral Strip in writing, agreeing that neither government would attempt to assert sovereignty over the area, send troops into the neutral territory, or allow anyone not already resident to enter until international diplomacy provided a final resolution to the boundary question. In effect, the neutral ground existed outside the governance of either the United States or Spain until
While some may lump the culture of the very western portion of Louisiana—south of Natchitoches and north of Lake Charles—into the general culture of North Louisiana, others identify it as a separate folk region. Known as Louisiana's Neutral Strip, the region once separated Spanish Texas from French Louisiana and is now home to a distinct culture. In addition, folklorists, historians, and other scholars identify the region as culturally distinct and possessing many folk groups and traditions that set it apart from its neighboring regions.
The French claimed all lands west to the Sabine River, Spain all lands east to the Red River, but both were willing to abide by a makeshift border consisting of two waterways, both called Arroyo Hondo. Los Adaes served as capital of Tejas for 44 years, but when the French and Indian War left the Spanish in possession of all western Louisiana and with no French army to oppose, they abandoned the presidio and pulled back to the Sabine, leaving several Spanish communities with no military presence. The territory quickly turned violent and remained so even after U. The Bicentennial commemoration of that fateful treaty begins Feb.