Throughout the 19th century the port of New Orleans was the 2nd largest seaport in the United States and the 3rd largest in the world. (Behind New York and Liverpool.) The global prices for commodities such as sugar, tobacco, cotton, rice, coffee (among many others) were determined in the exchanges. Second, also, for immigration, New Orleans was the southern Ellis Island with thousands of immigrants disembarking at the immigration station in Algiers (directly across the Mississippi River from the Lower 9th Ward) - the most famous immigrant tofirst set foot on American soil at New Orleans was the actor, Bela Lugosi.
Enjoy this brief look at but a few historic images of the Port of New Orleans.
(Note: I am the composer and sole owner to the rights of the song "My Fine Creole Lady.")
The music is a song I wrote in 1998 called My Fine Creole Lady.