Bienville House

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Discover Bienville House, whose name pays homage to Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville, the founder of New Orleans.

Bienville House was constructed in the years leading up to the Civil War, when many settlers from around the world began expanding into the Old American West.

Founded by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville in 1718, New Orleans was named for Philippe II of France, the duc d'Orleans. Its nickname the Crescent City comes from its position on a sweeping curve of the great Mississippi River. Control of the area transferred between the French and Spanish several times before being acquisitioned by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. This blending of French and Spanish influences, along with Anglo, Cuban, African American, Irish, Italian and the distinctive Cajun culture has imbued the city with a dynamic flavor unlike any other in the country. A vast number of historic buildings in the French Quarter or Vieux Carre have been preserved and mark the site of the original city center. The Bienville House, a historic hotel in New Orleans, has a colorful past included functioning as part of a large rice mill complex before being converted to a hotel in 1967.

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    Founded by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville in 1718, New Orleans was named for Philippe II of France, the duc d'Orleans. Its nickname the Crescent City comes from its position on a sweeping curve of the great Mississippi River. Control of the area transferred between the French and Spanish several times before being acquisitioned by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. This blending of French and Spanish influences, along with Anglo, Cuban, African American, Irish, Italian and the distinctive Cajun culture has imbued the city with a dynamic flavor unlike any other in the country. A vast number of historic buildings in the French Quarter or Vieux Carre have been preserved and mark the site of the original city center.

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