The years covered by Boze's correspondence were, in New Orleans, an extremely busy period of expansion and urbanization. The city was at the intersection of the old colonial world and the world of advancing modernity. The two decades of Boze's correspondence are the years in which the city underwent the most changes. This chapter follows him in his long narrative of the evolution of the city and tracks its shift from a small colonial city to a major metropolis of the young American Republic, through the construction fever of the first three decades of American rule, which produced a new urban sprawl, as well as the profound modernization of the urban infrastructures. By the late 1840s, New Orleans was an urban enclave in the rural agrarian South.
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