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Pre-Civil War New Orleans New Orleans is a city in southern Louisiana located on the Mississippi River Most of the city is situated on the east bank between the river and Lake Pontchartrain to the north Because it was built on a great turn of the river it is known as the Crescent City New Orleans with a population of 496938 1990 census is the largest city in Louisiana and one of the principal cities of the South It was established on the high ground nearest the mouth of the Mississippi which is 177 km 110 mi downstream Elevations range from 365 m 12 ft above sea level to 2 m 65 ft below as a result an ingenious system of water pumps drainage canals and levees has been built to protect the city from flooding New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne sieur de Bienville and named for the regent of France Philippe II duc dOrleans It remained a French colony until 1763 when it was transferred to the Spanish In 1800 Spain ceded it back to France in 1803 New Orleans along with the entire Louisiana Purchase was sold by Napoleon I to the United States It was the site of the Battle of New Orleans 1815 in the War of 1812 During the Civil War the city was besieged by Union ships under Adm David Farragut it fell on Apr 25 1862 And thats what it says in the books a bit more but nothing else of interest This is too bad New Orleans as a city has a wide and diverse history that reads as if it were a utopian society built to survive the troubles of the future New Orleans is a place where Africans Indians and European settlers shared their cultures and intermingled Encouraged by the French government this strategy for producing a durable culture in a difficult place marked New Orleans
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