Who discovered New Orleans and who named it?

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Louisiana State history began in 1528 when the area was settled by the Spanish from the mouth of the Mississippi River. It was first discovered by the French in the 1670's, when De La Salle made his way from Canada all the way down to current day Louisiana. He claimed all of the land as French territory and named it "Lousiana" meaning Louie's land, after King Louis of France.

The city of New Orleans history began in 1718 when it was founded by Frenchman Jean Baptiste Le Moyne as a port city for the transfer of goods coming into the Americas. It is named after the Duke of Orleans, Phillipe II, who was regent of France

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