06 January 2014

Drawn To New Orleans

Jim's Photo

The Mississippi Valley historical review (1914):

 Even British traders from Fort Pitt and West Florida were drawn to New Orleans owing to the better prices paid there for furs than in the regular English markets. It was estimated in 1771, that peltries worth between seventy-five and one hundred pounds sterling were exported annually from that port chiefly to France.

Jim's Photo Of NOLA Houses

At the time, this trade was the one important factor in the development of the west. A British officer, in a report of 1768, declared that a settlement will never happen with any advantage to England until we can procure the Ideal Island of Orleans.  

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