Baroness de Pontalba

Micaela Leonarda Antonia Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba, was only two years old when her father died- leaving his fortune to split between her and her mother. She was educated at the Ursuline Convent down the street. When she turned fifteen, her mother arranged marriage with her twenty-year-old cousin Xavier Célestin Delfau de Pontalba, who lived in France.

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Steamboats: New Orleans’ Connection to America

The first steamboat arrived in New Orleans on January 12, 1812. Built by Robert Fulton in Pittsburgh, it started down the Ohio River through the Mississippi River to New Orleans. The boat’s name was, in fact, “The New Orleans.” It wasn’t exactly speedy- its top speed was only 3 mph!

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Understanding New Orleans: Part One

Understanding New Orleans: Part One How do you say dat? If New Orleans isn’t weird enough on the surface, we have the most intriguing relationship with language and how things are pronounced. It’s there in the way we talk, especially how we name places and things—for example, the name of our

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Where you at!

If you are visiting New Orleans- or even if you’ve moved here- one of the most confusing and frustrating problems you will run across is our street names.

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