Ray Nagin, former Mayor of New Orleans
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New Orleans waterfront
New Orleans, Louisiana, is located on the Mississippi River about 110 miles upstream from the Gulf of Mexico on the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The City was named Nouvelle Orleans (New Orleans) in honour of Philippe II, Duc d'Orleans, the regent of France under French King Louis XV.
1718 Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville and John Law founded the City of New Orleans and named it. The French Quarter street plan was made by Adrien de Pauger.
1721 Population 470.
1722 New Orleans becomes the Capital of the Louisiana Colony.
1729 Indian massacre of the French at Natchez
1755 French Acadians began to arrive in New Orleans
1763 New Orleans becomes a Spanish colony by the signing of the Treaty of Paris
1767 New Orleans became Capital of Spanish Louisiana
1769 First Spanish Governor, Alexander O'Reilly takes control of Louisiana Colony, French rebellion resulted in execution of five French leaders
1788 In the French Quarter, over 850 structures are destroyed by fire including the cathedral.
1794 St. Louis Cathedral construction is completed. Another large fire destroys buildings in the French Quarter
1800 Louisiana secretly returned to France
1803 Louisiana Purchase, Napoleon I sells Louisana to the United States.
Population about 8,000
1812 Louisiana admitted to the Union as the 18th state.
1814-1815 General Andrew Jackson defeats the British ending the War of 1812.
1827 The first Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.
1835 The United States Mint is built in New Orleans.
1837 The first documented Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
1840 Port of New Orleans ranked fourth in World
1850 Population 116,375
1852 New Orleans third largest city in the United States
1853 Yellow Fever Epidemic (more than 8,000 died)
1857 First modern Mardi Gras parade sponsored by a Krewe
1861 Louisiana secedes from the Union
1862 New Orleans captured by Federal Troops under General David Farragut, placed under the command of Gen. Benjamin Butler
1865 Louisiana returns to the Union.
1900 Population 287,104
1910 The last coins are minted in New Orleans and the Mint is closed.
1911 Loyola University is established.
1916 Xavier College established.
1958 City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street opened
1967 The New Orleans Saints franchise awarded
1975 The Superdome is completed
1984 Louisiana World Exposition
2000 Population 484,674
2005 Most of New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Katrina
2006 Ray Nagin re-elected Mayor