New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Traveled on by Iberville, 1699 and named for 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 first water travel route to the City of New Orleans.
Iberville y passa en 1699 et la nomma en l'honneur du ministre de la Marine. Les Indiens l'appelalent Okwa-ta, "vaste plan d'eau". Le premier port d'embarquement se trouvait à l'embouchure du Bayou Saint-Jean qui fut la première voie d'eau reliant le lac à la Nouvelle-Orléans.
Erected 1964 by The Department of Commerce and Industry.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 30° 1.699′ N, 90° 6.091′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is on Lakeshore Drive 0.2 miles east of Canal Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Orleans LA 70124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Lakefront "Seawall" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lake Pontchartrain and the Pontchartrain Basin (approx. 0.7 miles away); New Basin Canal (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Point (approx. 0.7 miles away); Southern Yacht Club (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort St. John (approx. 1.1 miles away); 17th Street Canal Floodwall (approx. 1.4 miles away); London Avenue Canal Floodwall Breach (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2016, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 304 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 9, 2016.