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Pre-Civil War New Orleans

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New Orleans is a city in southern Louisiana, located on the Mississippi River. Most of the city is

  situated on the east bank, between the river and Lake Pontchartrain to the north. Because it was built on a

  great turn of the river, it is known as the Crescent City. New Orleans, with a population of 496,938 (1990

  census), is the largest city in Louisiana and one of the principal cities of the South. It was established on

  the high ground nearest the mouth of the Mississippi, which is 177 km (110 mi) downstream. Elevations

  range from 3.65 m (12 ft) above sea level to 2 m (6.5 ft) below; as a result, an ingenious system of water

  pumps, drainage canals, and levees has been built to protect the city from flooding.

  New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville, and named for the

  regent of France, Philippe II, duc d'Orleans. It remained a French colony until 1763, when it was

  transferred to the Spanish. In 1800, Spain ceded it back to France; in 1803, New Orleans, along with the

  entire Louisiana Purchase, was sold by Napoleon I to the United States. It was the site of the Battle of New

  Orleans (1815) in the War of 1812. During the Civil War the city was besieged by Union ships under

  Adm. David Farragut; it fell on Apr. 25, 1862.

  And that's what it say's in the books, a bit more, but nothing else of interest.   This is too bad,  

  New Orleans , as a city, has a wide and diverse history that reads as if it were a utopian society built to

  survive the troubles of the future.   New Orleans is a place where Africans, Indians and European settlers

  shared their cultures and intermingled.   Encouraged by the French government, this strategy for

  producing a durable culture in a difficult place marked New Orleans as different and special from its

  inception and continues to...


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