Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Biloxi, Mississippi, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Capitals Of The French Colonial Territory And The State Of Louisiana

When the French established the area of Louisiana as a colonial territory, the area of Biloxi, Mississippi served as a capital of the French settlement. In 1722, under the second administration of Bienville, the French moved the capital to New Orleans. After Louisiana became a state, the capital was later moved to Baton Rouge, where a gothic style capital Building was built in the late 1840s. However, when the Union army captured the capital building in 1862, the building caught fire twice under their command. This for a period of decades after the war the State Capital rotated between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras Celebrations In New Orleans, Louisiana

King of Zulu at the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1936.

Historians have trace the origin of Mardi Gras, which was originally referred to as Carnival and as “Boeuf Gras”, to medieval Europe. The festival expanded from Venice, Rome in the 17th and 18th centuries to France. Afterwards, the “Boeuf Gras” celebrations expanded to the “New France” colonies in North America, with the first celebration being at the Fort Louis de la Mobile in the present area of Mobile, Alabama, in 1703.

“Boeuf Gras,” celebration did not begin in the French settlement of New Orleans until the 1730s.

New Orleans, Louisiana, President Dwight David Eisenhower

The National World War II Museum – Founded By President Dwight Eisenhower’s Biographer

The National World War II Museum was established in New Orleans, Louisiana by musuem founder Doctor Stephen Edward Ambrose, who wrote the former World War II General and President Dwight David Eisenhower’s, and later President Richard Nixon’s, biographies.

Photograph of President Dwight David Eisenhower.

Stephen Ambrose, was a longtime history professor at the University of New Orleans who was made famous from his various World War II novels, such as “Band of Brothers” which was bout E Company within the 506th Regiment.

Photograph of Doctor Stephen Ambrose.

Currently, the National World War II Musuem is the largest such musuem on the war in the United States, with tanks and other military vehicles surrounding the building.

Confederate Memorial Hall Museum Of New Orleans, Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana

January 8, 1891 – Founding Of The Confederate Memorial Hall Museum Of New Orleans, Louisiana

On January 8, 1891, two years after the death of Jefferson Finis Davis, the Louisiana Historical Association founded the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum Of New Orleans, Louisiana. The Confederate Memorial Hall Museum is the oldest Museum in the state of Louisiana.

Jefferson Finis Davis, New Orleans, Louisiana

January 6, 1889 – Jefferson Finis Davis Dies Inside The “Grand Mansion” Of New Orleans, Louisiana

On January 6, 1889, Jefferson Finis Davis died at the Grand Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana of health complications.

At the end of a Jefferson Finis Davis’s life, the advocate of states rights and former Confederate President, was revered in the north yet still praised by many in the south after the war was over. However, weather liked or not, the Confederacy came at a great cost to the nation.

Presently, a historical marker indicates the site of his death by the Grand Mansion.