Île d'Orléans, Louisiana

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For the island in the St. Lawrence River, see Île d'Orléans.
1880 map of the Isle of Orleans

Île d'Orléans (French for "Isle of Orleans") was the historic French name for the New Orleans area, in current Louisiana, United States.

In 1762 France, anticipating that Great Britain would take Louisiana at the end of the French and Indian Wars, in the Treaty of Fontainebleau transferred to Spain all of Louisiana west of the Mississippi River, as well as a newly defined area east of the Mississippi that included New Orleans, called the Isle of Orleans. As the French had anticipated, in the Treaty of Paris the British took all of Louisiana east of the Mississippi, except for the Isle of Orleans. Spanish possession of Louisiana west of the Mississippi, and of the Isle of Orleans, was also confirmed in the Treaty of Paris.(Pugliese 2002)

The Isle of Orleans was bounded by the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico, Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas as well as Bayou Manchac, previously known as Iberville River, and the Amite River. The Isle of Orleans became part the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

The Île d'Orléans formed the southern border of the Republic of West Florida.


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