By James Dazouloute --- New Orleans - All Reasons To Visit.
New Orleans is where opera was first performed in the U.S., back in 1796.
The first Mardi Gras parade took place on Shrove Tuesday 1838 in New Orleans.
New Orleans is the largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, the second largest in the U.S. and the third largest in the world in volume of cargo handled.
The Superdome is the largest enclosed stadium/arena in the world.
The first U.S. theater was established in New Orleans.
Antoine’s, established in 1840, is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Louisiana.
The name “Uncle Sam” was coined on the wharfs of New Orleans before Louisiana was a U.S. territory — goods labeled “U.S.” were said to be from “Uncle Sam.”
Poker was invented in New Orleans in the 1700s.
When individual states had their own currency, the Louisiana dix (French for 10) was a favored currency for trade. In English they became known as “dixies” and the term “Dixieland” was coined.
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, which still reigns supreme in the city today. Later, jazz spawned both the blues and rock and roll.
After it became a part of the United States, New Orleans also began to play a large role in international relations as it developed into a large port. The port then played a role in the Atlantic slave trade but also the exportation of different commodities and the importing of international goods for the rest of the nation up the Mississippi River.
Throughout the rest of the 1800s and into the 20th century, New Orleans continued to grow rapidly as its port and fishing industry remained important for the rest of the country. In the end of the 20th century, growth in New Orleans continued but planners became aware of the city's vulnerability to flooding after erosion of wetlands and marshes.
In August 2005, New Orleans was hit by the category five Hurricane Katrina and 80% of the city was flooded after a failure of the city's levees. 1,500 people died in Hurricane Katrina and much of the city's population permanently relocated.
New Orleans is located on the banks of the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain about 105 miles (169 km) north of the Gulf of Mexico. The total area of the city is 350.2 square miles (901 sq km).
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