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    That buy was the Louisiana Purchase.  According to the “Geopolitical Intelligence Report,” and who can argue with a title like that, there must be a New Orleans.  The rationale is that it was the Mississippi River which set America apart from other nations.  We were the first country to produce more than we consumed with an economical way to transport that surplus to the world market.  That mode of transport was barge traffic on the Mississippi.  The authors of the report mention the impact of the oil business and tourism, but it is the port which makes New Orleans necessary. 

Mississippi River Bridge in New Orleans from the French Quarter

     The Louisiana Purchase was signed at what we now call the Cabildo which now serves as the Louisiana State Museum on Jackson Square since 1911.  The Cabildo was constructed between 1795 and 1799 and was the seat of the Spanish government in the new world.   The “Sala Capitular” was on the second floor where the Louisiana Purchase was signed on 1803.  It later became a courtroom for the Louisiana Supreme Court.

    French Quarter, Cabildo and the Louisiana Ourchase

The other historical note is that is that the famous case of Plessy vs. Ferguson case was decided here and later upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1892.  The “separate but equal” clause became the law of the land.  The law required separate railroad cars for whites and blacks.  This was later overturned in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954.   As you can see there was a lot of history in the French Quarter and this is only a slice of it.  

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