In this vicinity during March-April 1718, French colonists under the command of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville, first cleared vegetation for the establishment of La Nouvelle Orleans. Bienville, who had first sailed by here in 1699, selected this site for its strategic position on an elevated crescent accessible via both the Mississippi River and a portage to Bayou St. John and Lake Pontchartrain. "We are working at present on the establishment of New Orleans thirty leagues above the entrance to the Mississippi," wrote Bienville to his superiors in Paris, France, on June 12, 1718.Placed in recognition of the 300th Anniversary of the
founding of New Orleans
By Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, April 2018.