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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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New Orleans was established by French colonists in the 1700s and it is still heavily influenced by its European culture to this day, especially the Mardi Gras celebration which dates to French colonial times.

It is considered one of the most unique cities in America.

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "We wander through old streets, and pause before the age stricken houses; and, strange to say, the magic past lights them up."

HINT: (1852-1932), was an American author of Louisiana stories, history, and biography, and a leader in historical and literary activities.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. At first, the community was nothing more than a trading camp on the curving east bank of the Mississippi River. Later, the city was organized into a rectangular, fortified community, which still exists today as the French Quarter. The original streets, laid out in a grid, were named for French royalty and nobility.

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Canal Street, once the widest street in the world, was named for a canal that was planned for, but never built, on the street's dividing median. For decades, the median's only use was public transportation, mostly by the Canal Street streetcars.

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The first New Orleans "skyscraper" was built in 1807. It was the first four-story building in the city, and is still in use, standing on the corner of Royal Street and St. Peter Street in the French Quarter. New Orleans also boasted the first opera house in America.

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The monument to General Andrew Jackson at Jackson Square was the world's first equestrian statue in which the horse had more than one foot off the base.

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In 1872, the official colors of Mardi Gras were chosen based on an honored visitor to New Orleans: Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff. The purple stands for justice, the green for faith, and the gold for power.

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Established as the capital of the French colony of Louisiana, New Orleans was actually twice named the state capital. The title of capital city was moved from New Orleans to Donaldsonville in 1825, to Baton Rouge in 1846, to New Orleans in 1864 (during the Reconstruction period), and then again to Baton Rouge in 1879.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "We wander through old streets, and pause before the age stricken houses; and, strange to say, the magic past lights them up."

ANSWER: Grace King.

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