On this date in 1718 La Nouvelle-Orleans was founded by the French Mississippi Company under the direction of Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. New Orleans was named for Phillip d'Orleans, Duke of Orleans who was the acting head of state for France at the time. For the next 144 years the City of New Orleans existed under the flags of six different countries, respectively. In 1763 France ceded Louisiana to Spain who gave it back to France in 1801. France sold Louisiana to the United States in 1803. In 1861 the state of Louisiana seceded from the United States and became its own republic. The United States captured the city a year later. New Orleans is most famous for Andrew Jackson's victory over the British in 1815 during the War of 1812. You may read about that by clicking here. Below is a gallery of photographs that I have made in New Orleans over the years. Enjoy.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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