New Orleans

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New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana. Originally part of the French and Spanish territories in America, it retains a great deal of French heritage.

Perhaps best known as the city that gave birth to Jazz, New Orleans is also the location of the annual Mardi Gras on the eve of Lent. In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina broke its levee defense system and caused widespread devastation, but the city has been rebuilt since then.

It is a prominent tourist destination as well as a destination for major events, having hosted eight Super Bowls, four College Football National Championship games, five NCAA Basketball Final Fours, the (infamous) Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard "no mas" boxing match (a rematch of an earlier fight; in this fight Duran quit at the end of round eight saying "no mas", Spanish for "no more"), two WWE WrestleMania events, the 1988 Republican National Convention, and an address by Pope John Paul II to 80,000 children in 1987.

Battle of New Orleans 1815

A major British invasion force was defeated in Jan. 1815 by General Andrew Jackson, during the War of 1812.

Battle of New Orleans

Katrina 2005

Hurricane Katrina passed east of New Orleans on August 29, 2005.

According to the report from the American Society of Civil Engineers,[1]

1,118 people were confirmed dead in Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Another 135 people are still missing and presumed dead. Thousands of homes were destroyed. Direct damage to residential and non-residential property is estimated at $21 billion, damage to public infrastructure another $6.7 billion. Nearly half the region’s population has not yet returned after evacuating. Nearly 124 thousand jobs were lost, and the region’s economy was crippled.[2]

New Orleans was voted America's Most Dangerous City in 2008 by the Congressional Quarterly Press.

Mon Sep 1, 2008, 3:25 AM, before "Hurricane Gustav", a man hauls bags down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.


“And then the West Africans were allowed to play their music in Congo Square. That happened nowhere else in the United States. That was the true key ingredient. The music and all the traditions and the sense of self-worth that comes with being able to have your own art form and customs and traditions, that was a part of the Afro American that lived in New Orleans.” Wynton Marsalis.

See also


  1. "THE NEW ORLEANS HURRICANE PROTECTION SYSTEM: What Went Wrong and Why, A Report by the American Society of Civil Engineers Hurricane Katrina External Review Panel"

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