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poteaux-en-terre

A popular construction technique in New France, Acadia, and early Louisiana. Homes built with this construction method featured walls of post-in-ground construction. Modern architectural historians speculate that such structures, which were highly susceptible to flooding, termites, and wood rot, had a life expectancy of three-to-five years. Louisiana colonists quickly abandoned these traditional structures for homes elevated on wooden piers.


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