1. New Orleans has been influenced by both our French and Spanish heritage, but the city was officially founded in 1718 by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.
2. Louisiana officially joined the United States in 1803 when Napoleon signed the Louisiana Purchase.
3. Since New Orleans sits on the Mississippi River, we take on the nickname “The Crescent City” for its winding crescent shape.
4. The city’s streets are names after royal houses in France and Catholic saints.
5. Canal Street was developed wider than other streets because it was a dividing line between two cultures (Creoles and Americans). There was supposed to be an actual canal that was built, but it never came to fruition. In fact, many streets change names after crossing Canal because the French and Spanish did not want to be forced to live with the Americans and English.