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NEW ORLEANS!Many cultures have melded over generations to create the “most unique city” in the United States, and it’s partly thanks to Napoléon Bonaparte.
The city started out as La Nouvelle-Orléans, founded in 1718 as a colonial outpost by the French Mississippi Company. It was named after the Duke of Orléans, who was posted to the New World as Regent of the Kingdom of France on the order of his uncle, King Louis XV.
|Spicy homemade Cajun Jambalaya, a New Orleans speciality Photo ©Brent Hofacker /AdobeStock|
The Français flavour eventually fused with these other nationalities to form the unique lingo, culture and cuisine for which New Orleans is world famous today. Nevertheless, the city’s founding influence remains distinct and the French Quarter is one of its top tourist attractions.
|Twilight in the iconic French Quarter Photo © PaulDidsayabutra/AdobeStock|
A bigger attraction, though, is New Orleans’ special blend of music, which led to the birth of jazz. It’s also the birthplace of several jazz greats, most famously Louis Armstrong (nicknamed Satchmo or Pops). The city keeps true to its musical roots with incredible festivals like the annual Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
As New Orleanians at Mardi Gras say, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”).
|Mardi Gras = party time Photo ©Shutterstock|
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