The World That Made New Orleans

By Ned Sublette,

Book cover of The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

Book description

Named one of the Top 10 Books of 2008 by The Times-Picayune.  Winner of the 2009 Humanities Book of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Awarded the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for 2008. 

New Orleans is the most elusive…

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Upon opening the book, I was gleefully surprised to discover what an informative, interesting, and fun read it is. Sublette describes the French origins of the city in the early 1700s which involved wild parties, debauchery, tragic exploratory expeditions, and a massive Ponzi scheme that used Louisiana and the fictional gold mines there to defraud most every rich person in France, eventually crashing the entire French economy.

He then took me on a thrilling journey through the Spanish and early American periods to quadroon…

What makes New Orleans an unusual American city is observable to the senses, from its street names and architecture to its music and food, but how these came to be is far from evident. 

I learned from Ned Sublette’s book about how long ago conflicts, events, and settlement of the city tied to colonialism, war, religion, the slave trade, and slavery made New Orleans what it is today. 

It explains how this history melded the talent, skills, and practices of people from many places into a new cultural treasure that is New Orleans.

After reading this book, I now know…

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