Replica of The Pelican 


Iberville traveled back to France after establishing the settlement at Biloxi. He returned to the Louisiana Territory, moving the settlement to Mobile in 1702. After leaving the colony again for reinforcements, he returned in 1704 on board the Pelican. With him onboard the Pelican were young women who had been selected as suitable wives for the soldiers stationed in the territory. The Pelican, however, was also carrying Yellow Fever and the disease spread among the women, troops and other settlers in the year that followed. 

Iberville was sent on an expedition in Havana, where he died in 1706. This statue of him, erected in Havana, and this one in Mobile, both face out toward one another.