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.

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

2020 Black Lives matter riots

New Orleans Democrat mayor LaToya Cantrell making an obscene gesture at a group of constituents.[1]
See also: 2020 Marxist insurrection

New Orleans: Democrat Mayor LaToya Cantrell praised Black Lives Matter until a mob converged on her home. NOLA reported:

Cantrell issued a scathing rebuke of their actions, saying they scared her daughter and should take their concerns to state lawmakers. In an open letter released late Tuesday, Cantrell praised the Black Lives Matter movement that has inspired protests across the nation in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, but condemned demonstrators who used the movement’s rallying cry when they converged on her home.[2]


“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.


Battle of New Orleans 1815

Battle of New Orleans

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

The progress of the peace negotiations influenced the British to continue an operation that General Ross, before his repulse and death at Baltimore, had been instructed to carry out: a descent upon the gulf coast to capture New Orleans and possibly sever Louisiana from the United States. Maj. Gen. Sir Edward Pakenham, one of the Duke of Wellington’s distinguished subordinates, was sent to America to take command of the expedition. On Christmas Day, 1814, Pakenham arrived at the mouth of the Mississippi to find his troops disposed on a narrow isthmus below New Orleans between the Mississippi River and a cypress swamp. They had landed two weeks earlier at a shallow lagoon some ten miles east of New Orleans and had already fought one engagement. In this encounter, on December 23, General Jackson, who had taken command of the defenses on December 1, almost succeeded in cutting off a British advance detachment of 2,000, but after a three-hour fight in which casualties on both sides were heavy, he was compelled to retire behind fortifications covering New Orleans.

Opposite the British and behind a ditch stretching from the river to the swamp, Jackson had raised earthworks high enough to require scaling ladders for an assault. About 3,500 men with another 1,000 in reserve manned the defenses. It was a varied group, composed of the 7th and 44th Infantry Regiments, Major Beale’s New Orleans Sharpshooters, LaCoste and Daquin’s battalions of free African Americans, the Louisiana militia under General David Morgan, a band of Choctaw Indians, the Baratarian pirates, and a motley battalion of fashionably dressed sons and brothers of the New Orleans aristocracy. To support his defenses, Jackson had assembled more than twenty pieces of artillery, including a battery of nine heavy guns on the opposite bank of the Mississippi.

After losing an artillery duel to the Americans on January 1, Pakenham decided on a frontal assault in combination with an attack against the American troops on the west bank. The main assault was to be delivered by about 5,300 men, while about 600 men under Lt. Col. William Thornton were to cross the river and clear the west bank. As the British columns appeared out of the early morning mist on January 8, they were met with murderous fire, first from the artillery, then from the muskets and rifles of Jackson’s infantry. Achieving mass through firepower, the Americans mowed the British down by the hundreds. Pakenham and one other general were killed and a third badly wounded. More than 2,000 of the British were casualties; the American losses were trifling.

Suddenly, the battle on the west bank became critical. Jackson did not make adequate preparations to meet the advance there until the British began their movement, and by then it was too late. The heavy guns of a battery posted on the west bank were not placed to command an attack along that side of the river; and only about 800 militia, divided in two groups a mile apart, were in position to oppose Thornton. The Americans resisted stubbornly, inflicting greater losses than they suffered, but the British pressed on, routed them, and overran the battery. Had the British continued their advance, Jackson’s position would have been critical; but Pakenham’s successor in command, appalled by the repulse of the main assault, ordered Thornton to withdraw from the west bank and rejoin the main force. For ten days the shattered remnant of Pakenham’s army remained in camp unmolested by the Americans, then reembarked and sailed away.

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

The British appeared off Mobile on February 8, confirming Jackson’s fear that they planned an attack in that quarter. They overwhelmed Fort Bowyer, a garrison manned by 360 regulars at the entrance to Mobile Harbor. Before they could attack the city itself, however, word arrived that a treaty had been signed at Ghent on Christmas Eve, two weeks before the Battle of New Orleans. The most lopsided victory of the war, which helped propel Andrew Jackson to the Presidency, had been fought after the war was officially over.

Hurricane Katrina 2005

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

According to the report from the American Society of Civil Engineers,[3]

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.[4]

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