At the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans was a privileged outlet toward Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America for the ever-expanding United States in the first half of the nineteenth century. It was without doubt a city of exchanges, and not only in the economic field. A transit city between the Americas and Europe, it was also a crossroads within the Americas, mixing people, products, and ideas, but also reinforcing reciprocal influences within the Atlantic and Greater Caribbean spaces. This chapter addresses the notion of continuity, insisting on the enduring connections between Louisiana and Europe, and more specifically the ties maintained with France and the city's place in the Atlantic world, before turning to the potential offered by its inclusion within the Union, the prelude to its repositioning in the Greater Caribbean and in the Americas more generally.
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