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New Orleans Louisiana Creole Cajun Zydeco Music. Blues & Jazz of Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday NOLA Saints

New Orleans (pronounced /nuːˈɔliənz, nuːˈɔlənz/ locally and often pronounced /nuːɔrˈliːnz/ in most other US dialects French: La Nouvelle-Orléans is a major United States port city and the largest city in Louisiana. New Orleans is the center of the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area, the largest metro area in the state.

New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. It is coextensive with Orleans Parish, meaning that the boundaries of the city and the parish are the same. It is bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany (north), St. Bernard (east), Plaquemines (south), and Jefferson (south and west). Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north, and Lake Borgne lies to the east.
The city is named after Philippe II, Duc d’Orléans, Regent of France, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It is well known for its multicultural and multilingual heritage, cuisine, architecture, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual Mardi Gras and other celebrations and festivals. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” city in America

La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans) was founded May 7, 1718, by the French Mississippi Company, under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville on land inhabited by the Chitimacha. It was named for Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, who was Regent of France at the time; his title came from the French city of Orléans. The French colony was ceded to the Spanish Empire in the Treaty of Paris (1763) and remained under Spanish control until 1801, when it reverted to French control. Most of the surviving architecture of the Vieux Carré (French Quarter) dates from this Spanish period. Napoleon sold the territory to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The city grew rapidly with influxes of Americans, French, and Creole French. Major commodity crops of sugar and cotton were cultivated with slave labor on large plantations outside the city.

The Haitian Revolution of 1804 established the second republic in the Western Hemisphere and the first led by blacks. Haitian refugees both white and free people of color (affranchis) arrived in New Orleans, often bringing slaves with them. While Governor Claiborne and other officials wanted to keep out more free black men, French Creoles wanted to increase the French-speaking population. As more refugees were allowed in Louisiana, Haitian émigrés who had gone to Cuba also arrived. Nearly 90 percent of the new immigrants settled in New Orleans. The 1809 migration brought 2,731 whites; 3,102 free persons of African descent; and 3,226 enslaved refugees to the city, doubling its French-speaking population.

During the War of 1812, the British sent a force to conquer the city. The Americans decisively defeated the British troops, led by Sir Edward Pakenham, in the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815.

As a principal port, New Orleans had the major role of any city during the antebellum era in the slave trade. Its port handled huge quantities of goods for export from the interior and import from other countries to be traded up the Mississippi River. The river was filled with steamboats, flatboats, and sailing ships. At the same time, it had the most prosperous community of free persons of color in the South, who were often educated and middle-class property owners.

The population of the city doubled in the 1830s, and by 1840 New Orleans had become the wealthiest and third-most populous city in the nation. It had the largest slave market. Two-thirds of the more than one million slaves brought to the Deep South arrived via the forced migration of the internal slave trade. The money generated by sales of slaves in the Upper South has been estimated at fifteen percent of the value of the staple crop economy. The slaves represented half a billion dollars in property, and an ancillary economy grew up around the trade in slaves – for transportation, housing and clothing, fees, etc., estimated at 13.5 percent of the price per person. All this amounted to tens of billions of dollars during the antebellum period, with New Orleans as a prime beneficiary.

The Union captured New Orleans early in the American Civil War, sparing the city the destruction suffered by many other cities of the American South.

Comments (30)

  1. If you are not dancing, you are dead.

  2. Oh my gosh~ This music just gets down to my soul! Gotta love Louisiana~

  3. Love zydeco and Beau Jocque..i slept outside last night too..Beautiful culture!

  4. that sucks you gotta come back home man.

  5. i come here daily to read that comment my life is in depression because i cant live there

  6. This music is Creole music of Louisiana, known as zydeco. These images are mainly taken from Afro-New Orleans/Creole-New Orleans mardi gras with Creole musicians. We are Creole, not Cajun. This video is all Creole based, check out the channel and learn about the differences! blessings.

  7. @shaemac98
    With music this awesome, Who wouldn't?

  8. wow its amazing! love from russia

  9. well im from baton rouge and i cant wait until mardi gras thats my 2nd fav holiday other that the 4th of july

  10. hot boudin cold couscous come on Tigahs push push push!! BEAT BAMA GEAUX TIGERS NEAUX BAMA!!

  11. congrats Saints! the last Monday night winners of 2011.

  12. @valstar1000

    Oh god if you only knew… I am originally from Tennessee, but have been to Louisiana many times to see family. Anyways, I got married to a Canadian girl and moved to Canada. You should hear some of the shit and corruption these people have been taught about ALL Southern states. It blows my mind. It's like history was freakin rewritten for these people. It makes the South look 4th world and the people look like redneck, no teeth, inbred trash. And they don't wanna learn the truth.

  13. This makes me miss Orange, TX

  14. There are a lot of *special* places in The USA where diversity and music are celebrated together: like San Francisco & New Orleans! God bless…and thanks for the upload!

  15. @TopCop63 Thats right let the good times roll.Go LSU



  18. @ir10031981 are you fucking kidding me. the colts didnt have peyton FUCKING manning. who happens to be the best quarterback in the league. good try fucker

  19. Let the Good times roll.Go LSU.

  20. GEAUX SAINTS ! congratulations on an amazing 62 points! on 10-23-11 against the Indianapolis Colts. 7-62!!!!

  21. bella musica , bella gente , bella cultura ….

  22. goin to new orleans this summer gonna have fun and if you leav hungry shame on you 🙂

  23. @valstar1000 and all the public school teachers in the south make the north seem like uptight cold fuck em too

  24. I thought the thumbnail really looked like an this was a let down

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