"The Mighty Mississippi" Mississippi River Tip by keeweechic

Mississippi River, New Orleans: 12 reviews and 24 photos


Mississippi River surrounds New Orleans and played a major part in the cities creation. The nickname of the 'crescent city' comes from the bend in the river where New Orleans actually sits in the Mississippi Delta. The river was discovered and explored extensively in 1541 by Hernando Desoto. Long before that however, the river was much shorter and actually drained into the Atlantic Ocean many miles north of New Orleans. New Orleans and all of Louisiana was once under the Atlantic but with the deposits of silt and debris over the years, the ocean was eventually pushed back to where it is now.

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  • Updated Jun 11, 2003
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