The French Quarter in New Orleans was founded in 1718 by French Canadian Naval Officer Jean Baptiste Bienville. It was designed as a military-style grid and is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. It was sold to the Spanish during the latter half of the 18th century. Much of the French architecture was destroyed in the 1788 and 1794 fires, but was rebuilt during a time when New Orleans was owned and controlled by the Spanish who purchased it from the French. New Orleans, with Louisiana, was later purchased by the United States.
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