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Madisonville

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Madisonville is a town in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 748 at the 2010 census. It is part of the New Orleans - Metairie - Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.GeographyMadisonville is located at , on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, near where the river enters Lake Pontchartrain.According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.51sqkm, of which 6.46sqkm is land and 0.06sqkm, or 0.86%, is water.HistoryMadisonville was founded by Jean Baptiste Baham in 1800, before the United States acquired this area as the town of Coquille or Cokie because of the abundance of shells in the area, at the site of the Native American village of Chiconcte. In 1810 it was renamed in honor of President of the United States James Madison.Madisonville was an important port, providing bricks and other products of the towns along the Tchefuncte River to New Orleans, in the decades before the Civil War. After the Union capture of New Orleans, this area remained under nominal Confederate control, and the cutoff of trade with New Orleans across "enemy lines" was devastating to the local economy, which did not recover for decades after the peace.
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