It was claimed in 1682 for France by Sieur de LaSalle and was part of the Louisiana Territory. The land later came under Spanish rule for a few decades before returning to France. Around the turn of the century, the territory was sold to the United States. New Orleans developed into a thriving port city and the second wealthiest U.S. city because of the cotton and tobacco trades. For the Caribbean Islands, New Orleans was the prime destination for migrants and exports such as fruit and rum. The influences of different ruling nations, infusion of products through the port city, and influx of Caribbean immigrants has created an environment in New Orleans that is incomparable and can be seen to this day.
When visiting New Orleans, there are number of sights to enjoy the rich history and culture.
-See the location of the Battle of New Orleans, where pirate Jean Lafitte sided with the U.S., resulting in a large victory for Americans.
-A trip to the French Quarter allows you to experience the world-famous cuisine including Gumbo, po-boys, and beignets. Stores throughout the French Quarter have artwork, antiques, and clothing.
-If you’re a shopaholic, then head to the Magazine District, which has six miles of shops of every kind. New Orleans is known for its jazz and blues music with listening rooms, clubs, live performances throughout the city.
New Orleans has a vibrant atmosphere with something for everyone to enjoy.