The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

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Chicago Review Press, Jan 1, 2008 - History - 368 pages
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Offering a new perspective on the unique cultural influences of New Orleans, this entertaining history captures the soul of the city and reveals its impact on the rest of the nation. Focused on New Orleans' first century of existence, a comprehensive, chronological narrative of the political, cultural, and musical development of Louisiana's early years is presented. This innovative history tracks the important roots of American music back to the swamp town, making clear the effects of centuries-long struggles among France, Spain, and England on the city's unique culture. The origins of jazz and the city's eclectic musical influences, including the role of the slave trade, are also revealed. Featuring little-known facts about the cultural development of New Orleans--such as the real significance of gumbo, the origins of the tango, and the first appearance of the words vaudeville and voodoo-- this rich historical narrative explains how New Orleans' colonial influences shape the city still today.
 

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Review: The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

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I highly recommend this book to people who have been to New Orleans and loved it (like I did) and want to continue to breathe in the essence of the Big Easy (like I do). It's an entertaining and ... Read full review

Review: The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

User Review  - Dimpleswk - Goodreads

The book offered interesting tidbits on New Orleans. As other reviews have stated the book starts with history from the 1500s to the early 1800s. If you are a fan of that time period, this book is a ... Read full review

Contents

COLONIZATION
17
REVOLUTION
131
PURCHASE
207
CODA
291
Acknowledgments
314
Notes
319
Bibliography
327
Index
343
Copyright

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Ned Sublette is the author of "Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo," Cofounder of the record label Qbadisc, he coproduced the public radio program "Afropop Worldwide" for seven years. A writer, record producer, and musician, he lives in New York City.