Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Information
|Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||South Louisiana, USA|
|Nearest city||New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana|
JEAN LAFITTE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK AND PRESERVE Latitude and Longitude:
|Area||22,421 acres (90.73 km2)|
17,569 acres (7,110 ha) federal
|Established||March 4, 1907|
|Visitors||456,666 (in 2017) |
|Governing body||National Park Service|
|Website||Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve|
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve ( French: Parc historique national et réserve Jean Lafitte) protects significant examples of the rich natural and cultural resources of Louisiana's Mississippi River Delta region. The park, named after the pirate Jean Lafitte, also interprets the influence of environment and history on the development of the unique Cajun regional culture. The park consists of six physically separate sites and a park headquarters.
Three sites interpret the Cajun culture of the Lafayette (southern Louisiana) area, which developed after Acadians were resettled in the region following their expulsion from Canada (1755–1764) by the British and the transfer of French Louisiana to Spain in the aftermath of the French and Indian War.
- Acadian Cultural Center, in Lafayette
- Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, in Eunice, obtained through the work of Mayor Curtis Joubert. 
- Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, in Thibodaux
Barataria Unit of Jean Lafitte Historical Park Historic District
|Area||1,855 acres (751 ha)|
|NRHP reference #||66000966 |
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
The preserve has trails and canoe tours through bottomland hardwood forests, swamps, and marsh. Additionally, an Education Center provides curriculum-based programming for school groups and a visitor center with a film and exhibits.
The 1,855 acres (751 ha) Barataria area, comprising 63 contributing properties, was added as a historic district to National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. Listing was later updated on May 11, 1989.   
Established after the American Civil War, this national cemetery holds the remains of American Civil War casualties and veterans, as well as the remains of soldiers from the Indian Wars of the late 19th century, the Spanish–American War, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. There are few graves from the Battle of New Orleans.
A visitor center offers exhibits and information and is located near the battleground monument (an obelisk). This is one stop on the tour route of the battlefield, which can be taken by car or bicycle, or on foot. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the visitor center in 2005; a replacement has since been constructed.
Visitors to this unit of the historical park can also reach it by boat along the Mississippi River, using private craft or a public tour boat that departs from downtown New Orleans.
The park operates a French Quarter Visitor Center at 419 Decatur Street (New Orleans), in the historic French Quarter. It interprets more generally the history of New Orleans and the diverse cultures of Louisiana's Mississippi River Delta region.
The headquarters of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve are located in New Orleans.
Chalmette Monument and Grounds were established on March 4, 1907, to commemorate the site of the Battle of New Orleans. It was transferred from the War Department to the National Park Service on August 10, 1933, and re-designated as Chalmette National Historical Park on August 10, 1939.
The Chalmette site was later incorporated into the multi-site Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, which was authorized on November 10, 1978.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
- New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
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- "Living Legends: Curtis Joubert". acadianmuseum.com. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Andrea Shaw (October 10, 2014). "Sen. Elwyn Nicholson, a West Bank grocer, Jean Lafitte National Park proponent, dies at 90". New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
- "Barataria Unit Historic District" (PDF). State of Louisiana's Division of Historic Preservation. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- Dr. Barbara Holmes (July 19, 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Historic District, Barataria Unit, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park". National Park Service. Retrieved June 26, 2018. With 45 photos from 1988.
- "Mystery Mardi Gras Shipwreck Documentary". nautilusproductions.com. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
- The National Parks: Index 2001-2003. Washington: U.S. Department of the Interior.
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