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New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans 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. For much of its history, it was the nation’s most important port, connecting the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. It was the centerpiece of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, in which New Orleans and all of the Louisiana Territory was purchased from France. The acquisition doubled the size of America. Today, New Orleans is recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history. Over 80 percent of the city was flooded and over 1,000 people died.


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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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