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New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana. Originally part of the [[France|French]] territories in America, it retains a great deal of French heritage.
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[[Image:New Orleans.jpg|right|300px]]
  
Perhaps best known as the city that gave birth to [[Jazz]], it was also in the news recently when [[Hurricane Katrina]] caused a breach in its levee defence system that caused widespread devastation.
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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.
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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.
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===Battle of New Orleans 1815===
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A major British invasion force was defeated in Jan. 1815 by General [[Andrew Jackson]], during the [[War of 1812]].
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[[File:NO-1815.jpg|thumb|450px|Battle of New Orleans]]
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===Katrina 2005===
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Hurricane Katrina passed east of New Orleans on August 29, 2005.
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According to the report from the American Society of Civil Engineers,<ref>"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"</ref> <blockquote>
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1,118 people were confirmed dead in Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Another 135 people are still missing and
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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.<ref>http://www.asce.org/files/pdf/ERPreport.pdf</ref>
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</blockquote>
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New Orleans was voted [[America's most dangerous cities|America's Most Dangerous City]] in 2008 by the Congressional Quarterly Press.
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[[Image:Storm gustav.jpg|left|thumb|320px|Mon Sep 1, 2008, 3:25 AM, before "[[Hurricane Gustav]]", a man hauls bags down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.]]
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==Music==
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{{Clear}}
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“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.”
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Wynton Marsalis.
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==See also==
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*[[Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster]]
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*[[J. D. Grey]]
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*[[Mary Landrieu]]
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*[[John LaPlante, Jr.]]
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*[[Rob Maness]]
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*[[Billy Nungesser]]
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*[[Morris Taft Thomas]]
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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== External links ==
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* [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/us/31road.html After Fanfare, Hurricane Grants Leave Little Mark]
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[[Category:Louisiana Cities and Towns]]
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[[Category:Urban History]]
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[[Category:The South]]

Revision as of 20:54, 9 April 2018

New Orleans.jpg

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.

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.

Music

“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

References

  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"
  2. http://www.asce.org/files/pdf/ERPreport.pdf

External links