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History & Approach
Language is a fundamental human right. Our language(s) directly shape(s) us and our experience(s).
Despite centuries of anglophone (English-speakers) resources citing roller skating as our own, roller skating indeed began—in London—in the mid 1700s (1760) with the [inline] invention of the francophone Belgian inventor, Jean-Joseph Merlin—decades before the Sale of Louisiana (1803) and decades before what we know today as the United States, a country whose name was first used by the Basque-born Governor of Spanish Louisiana, Luis de Unzaga, when writing to Jefferson; Ungaza is also rumored to have started the world's first bilingual school(s), in New Orleans.
Skating's next innovation took place in 1819 with Petibled's (France) three-wheeled [inline] skate. It is followed by the 5-wheel [inline] adaptation by the Englishman, Robert John Tyers, in 1823.
As of 2022, skating is a 262-year-old global activity enjoyed the world over, knowing no restrictions, and remains as diverse as humanity itself—regardless of culture, language, race, creed, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender expression, and artificial borders, among others. We honor our sport's history at Roller Louisiane by making this our fundamental approach to roller sports.
Today, skating is also an international sport with dozens of global disciplines thanks to World Skate. Roller Louisiane is an official Roller Sports club with its national governing body of roller sports: USA Roller Sports.