New Orleans Incorporated: 200 Years of the City Charter
Louisiana Division | New Orleans Public Library

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Before New Orleans could effectively be divided into three separate municipalities it was necessary to inventory the lands under public ownership. The document displayed here lists thirty-seven properties, from City Hall to a square of land intended for the construction of a hospital for lepers. The most valuable item shown, the Halle des Boucheries, is today the building that houses the Café du Monde and other shops in the historic French Market complex.
         [Mayor’s Office, Letterbook, 1833-1838, 1842]

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