Pierre Pinaut [or, Pinau], building contractor at the fort of La Balize, made an agreement with M. de Salmon, Commissioner and Director of the Marine in Louisiana, to construct a guardhouse and prison at the post and to repair the bakery building there. The contract specified the form of construction, dimensions, and costs. It included provisions for such items as nails and camp beds. The blacksmith at the fort would provide the ironwork, and M. Devergés would handle masonry work. The contractor, his family, and slaves would receive certain rations. The contract specified 1738 July as the completion date for the buildings.