Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Site" vs. "Situation"

Today we will grapple with the underlying question posed in Bienville's Dilemma - to wit, Bienville's dilemma!

Some visuals for class:

La Salle's 1682 voyage:

Here is a link to a handy Google Map outlining the basic factors of the 18th Century on Lake Pontchartrain.

Some questions to consider:

Why would New Orleans, though a poor "site" would be considered and important "situation" for a city of its kind? How did this remain true from Bienville's decision-making process through the colonial era?

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