Andrew Jackson  Old Hickory, the hero of New Orleans.  American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army where he led an alliance with Jean Lafitte‘s smugglers, formed military units consisting of African-Americans and Muscogees, volunteers in the city, and regular Army totaling about 5,000 which defeated  in December or 1814 and January of 1815, a  British force, led by Admiral Alexander Cochrane and later General Edward Pakenham, of over 10,000 soldiers, many of whom had served in the Napoleonic Wars.  The battles with the British forces took place on “the plains of Chalmette” in what is now Da Parish (St. Bernard).  Books about Andrew Jackson


Jackson Square is the site of what was the center of Early French colonial New Orleans which was then called the Place d’Armes ( “weapons’ square”).    Following the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788, the Spanish officials rebuilt the St. Louis Church  (elevated to a cathedral in 1793) in 1789 and the town hall (known as the Cabildo) in 1795.  Following the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, during the first half of the 19th century, the former military plaza was renamed Jackson Square, for the battle’s victorious General Jackson. In the center of the park stands an equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson erected in 1856,

Jambalaya  – A rice-based dish containing meat and/or seafood, prepared in a variety of ways by Louisianans  <jom’-ba-LIE-ah>



Jawn   – John, the popular boys’ name in English.  Rhymes with “lawn”. . Also, refers to the rest room facilities. I gotta go to da jawn.  Da Bat-troom.

JazzNew Orleans is considered to be the cradle of Jazz,  the truly American art form.  Some historians tie its roots to Congo Square in New Orleans Treme area adjacent to the French Quarter.  New Orleans has produced many giants of the genre including the great Louis Armstrong.