Ye olde travel guide: New Orleans 1858

Thomas Ruys Smith imagines what advice a guidebook might have given for those thinking of visiting New Orleans back in the year 1858

Illustration by Jonty Clark

This article was first published in the June 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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A visit to cosmopolitan New Orleans is a vital part of any fashionable tour of the United States. Not for nothing is it called the Southern Queen. Enriched by its port and the steady flow of steamboats and cotton down the Mississippi river, the city has risen to an extraordinary level of prosperity.

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