Orleans is proud of its well-known nickname, "Big Easy",
because it so aptly describes the attitude of this lovely city,
steeped in history and intertwining cultures.
glamorous city of New Orleans had quite an inauspicious beginning.
Though founded by French Creoles, she actually began as a crude
settlement beset by hurricanes, floods and hostile Indians.
Louisiana had been transferred from French to Spanish hands. Thus,
New Orleans was in the hands of the Spanish at the time the New
England colonies revolted against George III. Following the
Louisiana Purchase, more and more Americans came downriver to make
their fortunes in New Orleans. During the War of 1812, General
Andrew Jackson arrived on the scene and defeated the British in the
Battle of New Orleans - the last battle of the last war ever fought
between the U.S. and Great Britain.