Don Joseph Bernard Valli'are d'Hauterive

Don Joseph Bernard Valli'are d'Hauterive

Artist: Attributed to the School of Jose De Salazar
Type: Oil on Canvas
Year: c. 1787
Size/Dimensions: H: 47", W: 39 _"
Origin: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stebbins III
Accession Number: 94.3.2

From March 1778 to July 1790, Don Joseph Valli'are (1747-1797), a native of France, was Spanish commandant of the Arkansas Post. D'Hauterive's meritorious service to France, prior to the arrival of Spanish forces was acknowledged when he was made "Chevalier of the Royal and Military Order of St. Louis." The Spanish Crown seemed even more appreciative of his services when, in 1793, they awarded him a grant of land which covered more than 6,000,000 acres, a mass equal in size to the Kingdom of Belgium. Following France's cession of Louisiana to Spain in 1763, many French colonial officers, such as Don Joseph enlisted in the Spanish service rather than relinquish their colonial ties.







Captain Joseph was known for his money-making schemes, both personal and civil, as well as attempting to elevate the level of commercial and cultural activity at Arkansas Post.

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Don Joseph Bernard Valli'are d'Hauterive