Orleans History - As early as 1720, with
the first African Slaves coming onto the land, was
when the first change happened. The area began its
first flourish off its port on the Mississippi River.
That was good and New Orleans was starting to pick
up. The people in the area were able to work and prosper.
New Orleans was a great place to be.
In 1815 the Battle of New Orleans,
the War of 1812’s last battle secured American
supremacy in the States.
The “Golden Age” of New Orleans,
its most profitable years when everything was going
so well, came suddenly to an end as soon as the Civil
War was over. That was the end of the good old days
so to speak and things took a definite downturn. There
were very many bad years and the people struggled
to make ends meet.
It was in 1900 that Jazz hit the airwaves. The music
was fantastic and it made people want to party. Nowadays
the New Orleans Jazz Fest is the
largest musical festival in the whole of Louisiana.
Jazz was also at the beginning of Mardi Gras and
it soon became a tourist attraction. The city thrived.
The Mardi Gras era was a lifesaver.
It brought hope back into the area once again. People
flocked to the area to party during that Fat Tuesday
before Lent and before (Mardi Gras time). However,
again in the years between 1950 and 1980 the city
fell back into a slump.
Now today its back on top for this party (Mardi Gras)
has been happening and brewing for many years. The
New Orleans Mardi Gras continues
to flourish and attract million of tourists every
year. It continues to fuel the economy in the area
making it a very profitable tourist destination. Millions
come to the city all year long to see all the attractions
it has to offer. It’s quite a town and it shows
in so many ways. That’s a boost to New Orleans’
economy. It will help to sustain it as a great city.
That is the one, the only, New Orleans, the great
“Big Easy” of all time.