Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: 2013 is the 250 year anniversary of Filipinos living in North America.
The village of Saint Malo, Louisiana (pictured) was settled in 1763 by Filipino sailors who deserted Spanish trading ships. It was one of several Filipino communities that existed on the Gulf Coast in the early years of the United States. Saint Malo was destroyed in the 1915 New Orleans hurricane.
Louisiana Filipino Americans served under Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans (1815) when 1500 American troops defended the city from a British force of 8000.