A Brief History of New Orleans

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A Brief History of New Orleans In 1699, French explorers and brothers Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville and Jean- Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville found the mouth of the Mississippi River and established the first European settlement on the Gulf coast. Iberville was sure that the river was not navigable by tall ships, but brother Bienville continued to explore the river area with the help of the many native American tribes who were firmly established in the region. The native Americans showed Bienville a passage through Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchatrain, and Bayou Saint John to a patch of swampy land between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchatrain. Bienville would establish the settlement of New Orleans, named after the Duc d’Orleans, on the high ground along the Mississippi. A four-by-eleven block area was established on the bend of the river that became known as the Vieux Carre, old square, or French Quarter. It was anchored by a Catholic church on the river, St. Louis Cathedral; a government building, the Cabildo; a public
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2009 for the course GENERAL 101 taught by Professor Thomann during the Spring '09 term at Mott Community College.

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