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la nouvelle orleans was founded in 1718 by jean baptiste le moyne. new orleans was named after phillippe II the duke of orleans. the french colony of louisiana was ceded to spain in the treaty of paris in 1763. during the spanish period the spainards built many of the historic buildings in the french quarter. louisiana was returned to the french in 1801 and in 1803 napoleon bonaparte sold the french territories to the united states. after the haitian revolution of 1804 9,000 haitain refugees immigrated to new orleans. this immigration was the basis of the louisiana creole culture which still exists today. during the war of 1812 new orleans was invaded by the british in 1815. general andrew jackson with the aid of the pirate jean lafitte won a decisive victory over the british in the battle of new orleans. between 1815 and 1862 new orleans was a major u.s. port city and was the largest slave market in the south. in 1840 new orleans was the third largest city in the united states. during the civil war new orleans was captured by union admiral david faragut and remained in union hands until the end of the war. the economy of new orleans declined during the radical reconstruction era after the civil war and did not recover until the turn of the 20 th century. in modern times new orleans has prospered due the petrochemical industry and tourism. new orleans was devasted by hurricane katrina in 2005 and many low laying areas of the city have yet to recover.

new orleans is one of the most unique cities in the united states. louisiana's cajun, creole and african american cultures have had a significant impact on the architecture, art, and music of new orleans. of interest to the tourist is the french quarter's historic buildings and diverse architectural styles. new orleans is famous for it's collection of excellent restaurants and it's cajun and creole cuisine. new orleans is world famous as the birth place of dixieland jazz and bourbon street is one of america's most unique party destinations. new orleans is a very interesting and historic city to visit in the southern united states.

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  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    This is still one of my dream destination, full of info page, the ogden museum of southern art sounds like a nice stop I never heard about, before.

  • windoweb's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2010 at 3:28 AM

    We are going to see some of the places you have listed here. We want to try our luck at Harrahs. Our trip to French Quarter is in a couple weeks.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    WE took a similar trip to down this way to see antibellum homes. I did not get to take a swamp tour, though, or see alligators. YOu sound like had a good time


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