For Spring Break this year, my family and I opted for a trip to colorful New Orleans. Having never been there before, I was surprised at the vitality and spirit that this city had to offer. Our visit centered around the infamous French Quarter, a historic section of New Orleans.
New Orleans was founded in 1718 by the French Mississippi Company and was later given to the Spanish in the Treaty of Paris (1783). In 1803, Spain signed a secret treaty giving France control of the city again. Shortly thereafter, Napoleon sold the Louisiana territory to the United States through the Louisiana Purchase.
Due to its historical significance, the entire French Quarter (also known as the Quarter) is a National Historic Landmark. The French influence on this city, coupled with the Spanish influence during their rule, created a unique brand of architecture, people, and culture.
Most of the area’s architecture was designed by the Spanish residents who were forced to rebuild the city after the fires of 1788 and 1794. Plaques can be found on buildings and streets, explaining what their names were when the Spanish ruled the area.