During the American Revolutionary War , New Orleans was an important port for smuggling aid to the rebels , and transporting military equipment and supplies up the Mississippi River. Beginning in the s, Filipinos began to settle in, and around, New Orleans. Thereafter, the city grew rapidly with influxes of Americans, French , Creoles and Africans. Later immigrants were Irish , Germans , Poles and Italians. Major commodity crops of sugar and cotton were cultivated with slave labor on nearby large plantations.
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The state may properly be divided into two parts, the uplands of the north, and the alluvial along the coast. The alluvial lands along other streams present similar features. They consist of prairie and woodlands. From years to the state lost 1, sq.
For 40 years New Orleans was a Spanish city, trading heavily with Cuba and Mexico and adopting the Spanish racial rules that allowed for a class of free people of color. The city was ravaged by fires in and and rebuilt in brick with buildings and a cathedral that still stand today. The final battle of the War of was fought in defense of New Orleans; Colonel Andrew Jackson led a coalition of pirates, free blacks and Tennessee Volunteers to defeat a British force outside the city.