By: Allison Varnado
Brief Summary of History of New Orleans
Situated on a bend of the Mississippi River 100 miles from its mouth, New Orleans has been the chief city of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico’s busiest northern port since the early 1700s. Founded by the French, ruled for 40 years by the Spanish and bought by the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, New Orleans is known for its distinct Creole culture and vibrant history. Significant battles of the War of 1812 and the Civil War were fought over the city. In its last hundred years the key struggles of New Orleans have been social (poverty, racial strife) and natural (hurricanes, floods and slowly sinking land).
Home to Jazz
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. Every night of the week, the streets and clubs of the Big Easy are still alive with vibrant music.
Jackson Square, is a historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
Musicians In the Square
Jazz is home here in NOLA.
The French Quarter
Oldest neighborhood in NOLA.
The Mighty Mississippi
The fourth longest river in the world. Steam and paddle boats played a major role in transportation.