New Orleans – Get a Downtown Map to Travel the City
New Orleans is a strange town, different from others in the United States and different from others in Louisiana. New Orleans has a history of many flags and just as many New Port Residences ways of determining how to add to the originally tiny settlement and then make directions and pictures of how to get from one place to another. Perhaps “Downtown New Orleans Map” is a fancy name for the original, now archived, handwritten maps that guided early settlers and later immigrants around New Orleans. To this day, New Orleans residents do not recognize North, South, East or West, but instead, give directions based on landmarks and where a place is in relationship to the Mississippi River or Lake Pontchartrain. A street map is a necessity for anyone who wants to get from where he is to where he wants to go, even in this day of GPS’ and OnStar.
First of all, one must understand a bit of history about New Orleans before one can even read a downtown New Orleans map. Streets have a way of changing their names as they wander through their city. Often a street will have new name every few blocks. Knowing this will help a traveler find her way in the city. As new nationalities arrived in the port city, they settled in different parts of the ever-expanding town. The French were first and settled on the only dry land, now known as the French Quarter. Soon after, suburbs were needed to house the increasingly larger population. The French landowners divided their holdings into Faubourgs or suburbs and named them appropriately after themselves. The first Faubourg, Marigny, was named after the holder of the land. Soon after more subdividing took place. Each time a land owner subdivided and added to the city, he named the streets after his favorite people or fascination. In the Quarter, the original streets are not named as they were originally. Craps, now Bourbon Street, was named Crapeaux after the French supposedly taught the Americans how to play Craps. Even now Bourbon Street is not named after the whiskey, but the House of Bourbon in France, the reigning family when the French settled New Orleans.