Saturday, May 7, 2011

New Orleans

Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the city of New Orleans on May 7, 1718.  According to Mark Twain, who was critical of Sir Walter Scott, Scott is responsible for its capital building.  Writes Twain, in "Life on the Mississippi":

'Sir Walter Scott is probably responsible for the Capitol building; for it is not conceivable that this little sham castle would ever have been built if he had not run the people mad, a couple of generations ago, with his mediaeval romances...'

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