New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Monday, July 15, 2024
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March 9, 1699 Indians lead Iberville & Bienville to Bayou St. John



'On March 9, our Indian guide points out a fine path-which leads to a small
bayou we will call Bayou St. Jean. He tells us that the Indians use this path
and bayou to travel from the Mississippi River to a lake Iberville will call
Pontchartrain. When the French missionary Father DuRu later visits this area, he
notes, 'There are parrots by the thousands; their plumage is marvelous, but they
are far from being as good (to eat) as they are beautiful.' Later we will settle
this site because of its path/bayou connection between the river and Lake
Pontchartrain. We will call it New Orleans."