Please join us for and author presentation and signing celebrating the release of Samantha Perez's The Isleños of Louisiana.
In the late 1700s, Louisiana fell under Spanish control. Coaxed by promises of new opportunity, thousands of Canary Islanders of Spanish descent relocated to Louisiana, where they established four settlements. Generations of Isleños have overcome the challenges of an evolving American society, as well as the devastation of storms that have ripped through their land. Through it all, the Isleños have preserved their unique heritage, traditions and culture for more than two centuries. This is their history.
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Samantha Perez is a resident of St. Bernard Parish and active in preserving her own Isleño roots. In 2005, as a senior in high school, she lost her home to Hurricane Katrina and wrote a series of journalism articles on her personal experiences with the storm and the gradual emotional and physical recovery process. In 2006, her work on the storm earned the Professor Mel Williams Award for Writing Excellence through the Scholastic Press Forum, the Suburban Newspapers of America’s Award for Best Feature and the honor of Louisiana State Senate Resolution No. 127, which was presented in recognition of her journalism work following Katrina.
As a junior at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, she and communications major Joshua Robin created an hour-long documentary called “Louisiana’s Lost Treasure: The Isleños,” which they presented as part of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s celebration of the arts. In 2010, she graduated with degrees in history and honors English and minors in creative writing and gender studies from Southeastern. She is currently pursuing graduate study at Tulane University, where she will earn her PhD in late medieval/early modern European history.
Louisiana is perhaps best known for its distinctive French heritage, a legacy visible in the street names and architecture around the state. But in the late 1700s, Louisiana fell under Spanish control. Coaxed by promises of new opportunity, thousands of Canary Islanders of Spanish descent relocated to Louisiana, where they established four settlements.