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New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans

New Orleans, the largest city in Louisiana, was founded in 1718 by the French
Mississippi Company. The city is best known for its French culture, architecture, cuisine, and annual Mardi Gras celebration, which attracts thousands of party-goers every year. For much of its history, New Orleans was the nation’s most important port, connecting the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. In the eighteenth and nineteeth century, the port city was the center of the slave trade. New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz and is nicknamed "The Big Easy," possibly because it was easy for jazz musicians to find work there.

Today, New Orleans is recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history. On August 29, 2005, the hurricane hit greater New Orleans and caused a breach in the levees and floodwalls that were supposed to protect the city from flooding. Over 80 percent of the city was flooded and over 1,000 people died.
Hundreds of thousands of people left New Orleans, many of whom have not returned.


More on New Orleans, Louisiana


Louisiana Interactive Map and Activities Page

Here, students can learn all about Louisiana’s cities, landmarks, and landforms, simply by clicking on the map. Lots of interactive activities and printouts as well. Perfect for reports or research projects.

Louisiana Purchase

Louisiana Purchase

The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of America and is considered one of the greatest land bargains in the history of the world. It gave America control of New Orleans and both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.


War of 1812

War of 1812

This war, sometimes called the second American Revolution, led to what historians call "the Era of Good Feeling" in America. The largest battle of the war occurred at New Orleans – a decisive American victory led by Andrew Jackson, well after the war was officially over!


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