The 19th century
|The First Empire had little incidence in Port-Louis. The only Napoleonic creation was the entrance portal of the Navy hospital which had taken the place of the Recollets convent in 1795.|
Maybe because of its military past nostalgia, Port-Liberté thought of taking the name of Port-Napoleon, as Pontivy did with Napoleonville. The Emperor himself suggested " that it should be called Port-Louis again" (1807)" But that only happened in 1814 on Louis XVIII's accession to the throne.
1) the birth of sea-bathing, under the impulse of Queen Marie- Amélie in 1837: with the building of a bathing establishment, a hotel, the opening of the bath gate (1847) giving access to the beach formerly called "les Grands Sables".
2) the expansion of fishing and canneries, thanks to new technical improvements due to the discovery of oil preserves and sterilization, giving an impulse to these activities which need an important workforce.
But we may also deplore some useless destructions such as the razing to the ground of the Grande Porte, the Grand-Bastion, the Bastion St Pierre in 1882, the replacement of the picturesque houses included in the walls at La Pointe by the Paubert promenade, the substitution of the actual severe edifice (1860) for the XVIth century Saint Pierre chapel.
|last modification : 04 08 2004|