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New Orleans, also known as Nouvelle-Orleans, was a port located at the mouth of the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana. The city was founded by the French in 1718 and soon became a prosperous port. By the 1720s, New Orleans was officially under French administration, but would be known for its charitable and practical leaning towards piracy by being home to many pirates and a large number of mystics.
In 1718, the Frenchmen Sieur de Bienville founded a strategic port city five feet below sea level, near the juncture of the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico. The new city, or ville, was named La nouvelle Orleans for Philippe, Duc d'Orleans.
Soon after its foundation, New Orleans attracted many visitors, the British and the Spanish among them. The city was protected by a French police unit. Due to its non-stop activities, New Orleans became know as the glittering city. The city's population was a mix of a merchants, tradesmen, sailors, business-men, dockworkers, pesky French officials, priests, street-corner magicians, mystics, and tea-leaf readers.
Jean Magliore and Constance Magliore have visited the city several times before they joined the crew of the Barnacle under Captain Jack Sparrow, a young adventurer not much older than them. Around the 1720s, the mystic known as Madame Minuit settled in New Orleans. From there she started her quest to procure the legendary Sun-and-stars amulet. At the same time, Jack and his crew, who were searching for the amulet as well, visited the city, and had to fight against a horde of Minuit's zombie-like servants. However, they managed to escape, and rescued Tim Hawk from slavery.
After the failure of their mutiny on the La Fleur de la Mort, the infamous pirates Left-Foot Louis and Silverback went to New Orleans, which was, thanks to the combined power of the Sun-and-stars amulet and the Silver Bullet, turned into silver. They made an alliance with Madame Minuit, organized their private police force called the Pirate Guard, and took control of the city. With the entire New Orleans turned into precious metal, they intended to tear the city apart and sell it in pieces to Europe.
For several days, Minuit, Louis, Silverback, and their pirates forced the city's inhabitants to work as slaves on breaking up the city. However, Jack Sparrow and his crew returned to the city in search of their missing friend, Arabella Smith. Soon, when they got into trouble, Arabella and her mother Laura appeared to save them. Later, the young adventurers fought against Madame Minuit and her minions at their headquarters. Though Madame Minuit transformed herself and her two allies into a giant, three-headed serpent, Jack and his friends ultimately won the battle, turning the city to its original state.
In the 1730s, during Jack Sparrow's search for the Shadow Gold, the Black Pearl docked in New Orleans, where Jack's old friend, Jean Magliore, and his cousin Marcella joined the ship's crew. Some time later, the city became a home port to the New Orleans pirates, led by Gentleman Jocard, the Pirate Lord of the Atlantic Ocean.
Behind the scenes
- There is a section of Disneyland known as New Orleans Square, where the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is located.
- Laffite's Landing in Pirates ride is named after Jean Lafitte, a historical pirate who operated from New Orleans.
- According to Jim Hill Media's report on The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean, the proposed story for the fourth Pirates movie was for Jack Sparrow and Barbossa to meet up in the newly-founded city of New Orleans, before they sail to find the Fountain of Youth together. But the idea was later confirmed to be false.
- Jack Sparrow: The Age of Bronze (First appearance)
- Jack Sparrow: Silver (Mentioned only)
- Jack Sparrow: City of Gold
- The Price of Freedom (Mentioned only)
- Legends of the Brethren Court: The Caribbean
- Legends of the Brethren Court: Rising in the East (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (DVD featurette)
Notes and references
- ↑ Jack Sparrow: The Age of Bronze, p44
- ↑ Jack Sparrow: The Age of Bronze, p65
- ↑ Jack Sparrow: The Age of Bronze, p46
- ↑ Legends of the Brethren Court: The Caribbean, p53
- ↑ Jack Sparrow: The Age of Bronze, p53
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End "Inside the Brethren Court" featurette
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Jack Sparrow: City of Gold
- ↑ "The Art of the Pirates of the Caribbean" pays tribute to this film trilogy's talented production design team
- ↑ 'Pirates of the Caribbean' spokesman lets the wind out of the sails of New Orleans fans