A raw, natural island oasis
Small fishing huts existed on the island.
Developers began to purchase land from the US government.
The four Muggah brothers along with financers from St. Mary Parish developed the Ocean House Hotel.
Plans were made by the four Muggah Brothers, along with the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans, to begin construction for a bigger, more elaborate hotel dubbed the Tradewinds Hotel after the summer season in 1856.
Most of the islands is protected for sea birds and other wildlife.