Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville

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Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
Title: Prince
 Term in office: 1723–1764
 Predecessor: none
 Successor: Alphonse-Robert Le Moyne de Bienville
 Date: February 23, 1680
 Place: Longueuil, New Francy
 Date: March 7, 1767
 Place: Nouvelle Orleans
Profession: Explorer, Colonial Governor
Political Party: none
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.

Preceded by:
Prince of Louisianne
Succeeded by:
Alphonse-Robert Le Moyne de Bienville
Preceded by:
Pierre d'Iberville
Governor of Louisianne