Work Begins on New Orleans, Spring 1718

Work Begins on New Orleans, Spring 1718 (HM27GX)

Location: New Orleans, LA 70130 Orleans Parish
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N 29° 57.347', W 90° 3.809'

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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.
HM NumberHM27GX
Year Placed2018
Placed ByCity of New Orleans, Louisiana
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 783408 N 3317514
Decimal Degrees29.95578333, -90.06348333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 57.347', W 90° 3.809'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 57' 20.82" N, 90° 3' 48.54" W
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Area Code(s)504, 225
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Toulouse St, New Orleans LA 70130, US
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