Traveled on by Iberville, 1699 and named for the French minister of Marine.
Indians called it Okwa-ta, wide water. First port of embarkation was at the site where bayou St. John flows from this
lake. It was the first water route to the city of New Orleans.
Historic marker located at St. Bernard and Lakeshore Ave., New Orleans
The Old Portage
Short trail from Lake Pontchartrain to river shown by Indians to Iberville and Bienville, 1699. Winding
trail used by early travelers to city. From Bayou St. John it lead to N. Broad, Bayou Road, Vieux CarrÈ to Mississippi River
at site between Dumaine and Gov. Nicholls Streets.
Historic marker located at Moss and Graude Streets, in New Orleans
First sited as Indian portage to Lake Pontchartrain and Gulf in 1699 by Bienville
and Iberville. Founded by Bienville in 1718; named by him in honor of the Duke of Orleans, Regent of France. Called the Crescent
City because of location in bend of the Mississippi.
--Historic marker located in City Park, New Orleans.