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Chartres Street


New Orleans, USA


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Chartres Street ("Rue de Chartres" in French) is one of the French Quarter’s most elegant streets. It passes by Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest continuously active cathedral in the United States. Here stands also the Ursuline Convent, which was founded by Ursuline nuns in 1734, and the old Cabildo (Spanish word meaning “town council”). The Cabildo is the exact spot of the historic signing of the Louisiana Purchase, that took place in 1803, in which the United States acquired from France 828,000 sq mi at the cost of about 7¢ per ha. The purchase included all of present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota south of Mississippi River, much of North Dakota, nearly all of South Dakota, northeastern New Mexico, northern Texas, the portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental Divide, and Louisiana on both sides of the Mississippi River, including the city of New Orleans. All in all almost a quarter of the total area of present-day United States. Definitely one of the most profitable operations of recent history worldwide.

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