Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
|Term in office:||1723–1764|
|Successor:||Alphonse-Robert Le Moyne de Bienville|
|Date:||February 23, 1680|
|Place:||Longueuil, New Francy|
|Date:||March 7, 1767|
|Profession:||Explorer, Colonial Governor|
|Religious Affiliation:||Latin Rite Catholic|
Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville (February 23, 1680 – March 7, 1767) was a colonizer and governor of Louisianne. He was a younger brother of explorer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville. He is also known as Sieur de Bienville. His father Charles received a Barony in what was to become New Francy. This barony was inherited by his younger brother, Charles upon their father's death.
Bienville is known as the founder of New Orleans. He chose to build the city in a crescent shaped bend in the Mississippi River. This is modern site of the French Quarter (Vieux Carré).
He was married to the legitimized daughter of Louis XIV, and was granted the title of Prince by Philippe II, regent for Louis XV.
Modern Historians suspect that the animosity that exists between Louisianne and New Francy is due to Bienville's refusal of aid during the 1755 War.
Jean-Baptiste abdicated in favor of his son, Alphonse-Robert and retired to his estate in the Loire valley.
Prince of Louisianne
Alphonse-Robert Le Moyne de Bienville
Governor of Louisianne