La Nouvelle-Orléans, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Founding Of La Nouvelle-Orléans – Presently New Orleans, Louisiana

La Nouvelle-Orléans, presently called New Orleans, was founded in the spring of 1718 (May 7 has become the traditional date to mark the anniversary, but the actual day is unknown) by the French Mississippi Company, under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, on land inhabited by the Chitimacha.

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