Eyes of an Eagle
Jean-Pierre Cenac, Patriarch
An Illustrated History of Early Houma-Terrebonne

By Christopher E. Cenac, Sr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
With Claire Domangue Joller

Foreword by Carl A. Brasseaux

305 pages, 9 x 12 inches, 1000 b&w and color illustrations (approx.), introduction, afterword, appendices, index

978-0-615-47702-2 Cloth $49.95T

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The incomparable history of a French family's founding legacy in the seafood industry of south Louisiana

Selected Book for the Louisiana Bicentennial Celebration, 2012

In the year 1860, Jean-Pierre Cenac sailed from the sophisticated French city of Bordeaux to begin his new life in the city with the second busiest port of debarkation in the United States. Two years before, he had descended the Pyrenees to Bordeaux from his home village of Barbazan-Debat, a terrain in direct contrast to the flatlands of Louisiana. He arrived in 1860, just when the U.S. Civil War began with the secession of the southern states, and in New Orleans, just where there would be placed a prime military target as the war developed.

Neither Creole nor Acadian, Pierre took his chances in the rural parish of Terrebonne on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Pierre's resolute nature, unflagging work ethic, steadfast determination, and farsighted vision earned him a place of respect he could never have imagined when he left his native country. How he forged his place in this new landscape echoes the life journeys of countless immigrants--yet remains uniquely his own. His and his family's stories exemplify the experiences of many nineteenth-century immigrants to Louisiana and the experiences of their twentieth-century descendants.

Christopher Everette Cenac, Sr., M.D., F.A.C.S., Houma, Louisiana, attended Louisiana State University and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery in 1976. He is a practicing orthopedic surgeon and has served a term as Terrebonne parish coroner. He and his wife, Cindy, reside at Winter Quarters on Bayou Black. Claire Domangue Joller, Houma, Louisiana, a native of Terrebonne parish, has received awards from the National Catholic Press Association and the Louisiana Press Association for her newspaper columns.

305 pages, 9 x 12 inches, 1000 b&w and color illustrations (approx.), introduction, afterword, appendices, index