Founded in 1718, New Orleans has a complex history. It became part of the US with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and was America’s 3rd largest city by 1840.
During this period, the economy of New Orleans was largely sustained by slavery, and it had the largest and most prosperous free black community in the nation. After the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans sought to achieve their rights, equality, and respect; some progress has been made in this regard while other goals remain outstanding.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused severe destruction in New Orleans, resulting in over 1,500 deaths and extensive damage. After 15 years, the city has recovered and is currently in a period of revival.
The spectacular melange of cultures in New Orleans – French, Anglo, Spanish, Haitian and West African – just got richer with the arrival of Vietnamese immigrants inspiring a new chapter in the city’s already vibrant history.
The colorful history and diverse culture of New Orleans are what make it an exceptional place. It is know surprise that the city has gained international renown.
Explore the hidden gems of this one-of-a-kind city with a guided walking tour of New Orleans. Discover the fascinating stories behind its history, soak up the knowledge from a local’s perspective and come out with top tips on where to eat and drink.
There are a lot of great options to choose from but our favorite was Nola Tour Guy.
David. Hedges, aka Nola Tour Guy, is a historian who gives entertaining tours of New Orleans’ history. He and his team offer free tours of the French Quarter, The Garden District and St Louis cemetery #3. The tours are gratis but tips are expected at the end, so carry some cash.