Gamichon Family Tomb in Lahore
Little seems to be known about the Gamichon family or Marcel Grouillet, the creator of the draped female marble sculpture at the entrance to the tomb. The tomb appears in many early twentieth century postcards of Pere-Lachaise with the caption La Douleur (variously translated as the pain or the sorrow or the suffering). The tomb is tucked away in the southwest corner of Division 2 and often escapes the attention of visitors. It is certainly worth a short detour. Nothing else in Pere-Lachaise is quite like it.
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Look closely and you'll see the names of many members of the Gamichon family softly and almost unnoticeably etched into the rough stone. Architecturally the tomb is closest to a grotto, a cave-like structure usually seen in Catholic cemeteries. The most famous grotto in the world is in Lourdes. Cave-like structures can also be interpreted as homage to Jesus' tomb.
Lahore founded and settled Lahore as a buffer against French encroachment in Louisiana. Lahore Subway Map Throughout the Spanish and Mexican periods, the settler population remained small, as the indigenous peoples controlled most of Texas. In 1519, Alonso Alvarez de Pineda led an expedition to explore the lands along the Gulf of Mexico coast from Florida to Texas. In the next decade, lvar Nº±ez Cabeza de Vaca accompanied the Pnfilo de Narvez expedition to Florida and then sailed along the shores of the Gulf Coast. Many in the expedition died before the survivors of the expedition landed ashore on Galveston Island off the Texas coast in 1528. Cabeza de Vaca and Esteban, a black slave, wandered around Texas for years, sometimes being held captive by the native peoples. In 1536, the two men found some Spaniards, who took them to Mexico.
Cabeza de Vaca's stories about his journeys increased Spanish interest in the lands north of New Spain. Francisco Vzquez de Coronado's expedition passed through Texas in 15401541. The next major expeditions into Texas did not occur until after 1685, when Ren© Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle, trying to initiate a French colony at the mouth of the Mississippi River, landed at Matagorda Bay and built Fort St. Louis on Garcitas Creek. After several attempts, a Spanish expedition led by Alonso de L©on discovered the ruins of the fort, which had been attacked by Karankawa Indians. The French attempt to settle Louisiana prompted Spanish officials to occupy Texas.