St. Maxent, Honorato Celestino de (1773–unknown)

By: Jack D. L. Holmes

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: June 1, 1995

Honorato Celestino de St. Maxent was born in New Orleans in 1773, the son of Gilberto Antonio de St. Maxent and Isabel LaRoche. He was the brother-in-law of Louisiana governors-general Luis de Unzaga and Bernardo de Gálvez. He fought in the defense of Oran, Algeria, before joining his friend, Honoré Fortier in a journey to Mexico in 1801. They returned overland from Mexico City to New Orleans in a horse and mule drive that covered most of southern Texas, an arduous journey that took from June 10 to December 5, 1801. St. Maxent returned from New Orleans to Mexico overland with dispatches for the viceroy in a trip that extended from May 23 to July 24, 1805.

Archivo General de Indias, Archivo General de Indias de Sevilla (Madrid, 1958). Stanley Faye, "Privateersmen of the Gulf and Their Prizes," Louisiana Historical Quarterly 22 (October 1939). Jack D. L. Holmes, "De México a Nueva Orleans en 1801: el diario inédito de Fortier y St. Maxent," Historia Mexicana 16 (Julio-Septiembre 1966).


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Jack D. L. Holmes, “St. Maxent, Honorato Celestino de,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 17, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995