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1. Native Americans1. Native Americans  Along Bayou St. John and the lake front  Used river and lake to trade  French Market was trading post  Built.

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2 1. Native Americans1. Native Americans  Along Bayou St. John and the lake front  Used river and lake to trade  French Market was trading post  Built homes out of palmetto leaves and tree branches  Ate mudfish and crawfish; hunted wild animals

3 2. Spanish Explorers2. Spanish Explorers  Hernando de Soto was in Florida  First European to see Mississippi River  Crossed river in 1541  Not interested in settling or taking it  Hostile Native Americans

4  Looking for adventure  Gold  Religious freedom  Opportunity to improve life

5  Spanish wanted gold  Large colony in the Caribbean, North and South America  River large and annoying  No gold found in the marshes / swamps

6 3. French Explorers3. French Explorers  Robert LaSalle claimed LA for France in 1699  Brothers Iberville and Bienville explored the area at mouth of river  Iberville was killed when he couldn’t find mouth on the return  Bienville longtime governor of LA

7 John LawJohn Law  People didn’t want to live in LA  Swamp, hot, bugs, far from home  Businessman sold promise of great land  Not many came  France sent prisoners and unemployed to settle LA

8 Not SuccessfulNot Successful  Hurricanes destroyed new colony  Difficult time with river, low land  Couldn’t grow vegetables in swamp  Unable to harness potential of port

9 4. Enslaved Africans4. Enslaved Africans  Taken from Africa within one year of setting up city  Put to task of building city- clearing trees, building houses, levees  Planted cash crops (cotton, sugar, tobacco)

10 5. Spanish take over5. Spanish take over  Treaty of Fontainebleau (secret) and Treaty of Paris (public)  Broke up Americas between Spain and Britain  Secret until 1764  Wanted to dump expensive colony

11 Spanish RuleSpanish Rule  At first passive in the takeover  More serious about colony  Opened up port (Treaty of San Lorenzo)  Rebuilt French Quarter because of fires  Progressive slave laws  Colony begins being profitable

12 6. Cajuns6. Cajuns  Canada won by British  Treaty of Paris gave 18 months for French Canadians to leave if they wanted  Many Acadians left  Came to French colony (now Spanish)

13 Cajun LifeCajun Life  Lived along bayous  Fur trapping  Fishing  Hunting  Country living

14 7. Spain Gives LA Back to France7. Spain Gives LA Back to France  Treaty of San Ildefonso  Napoleon wanted to revive French Empire  Was conquering land all over  1800

15 8. Louisiana Purchase Louisiana Purchase 1803  Spain gave Louisiana to France in 1800…  Nothing happened.  France dealing with insurrection in Haiti  France runs out of money  Sells LA to America in Louisiana Purchase

16 New Orleans becomes American?New Orleans becomes American?  Still very French (Creole)  Divided city  RICH city  Steamship invented in 1811  Port becomes profitable  Golden Era of New Orleans


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