Mapping the Crescent
Maps shown in this exhibition represent the evolution of New Orleans over three centuries. The Mississippi River’s influence is always apparent, its curve bestowing the nickname Crescent City. Geographical constraints are evident, with cypress swamps dominating the landscape until engineers drained low-lying areas. Maps highlight momentous events, like the advent of Spanish rule and the ravages of yellow fever. Twentieth-century maps illustrate the impact of streetcars and tourism. Explore these visual records of topography and human intervention as these maps reveal the city’s past.