Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville found New Orleans, which famously has a large French quarter.

Bienville discovered a spot off of the Mississippi River which he believed would be safe from tidal surges and hurricanes, so in 1717 he wrote to his company that they should found a city there. This is the beginnings of one of the greatest cities of the South, New Orleans.

ON this day May 7th, in 1718, the city of New Orleans is founded and construction begins on it as permissions was granted to Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. He named it after Phillipe D’Orleans, his father was a younger brother of Louis XIV.

During the early 19th century New Orleans became a crucial spot for transportation, and it continues to be to this day. New Orleans is known for its eclectic culture and its celebration of Mardi Gras. Its live music scene marvels millions, known for spurring all types of Jazz and blues. If only Bienville could see New Orleans today he would be in awe. For two reasons, that he certainly chose a bad spot based off his premise of it being safe from natural hazards, and two because it had become a bustling city which is also home to Tulane University, one of the world’s top universities.