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    Andrew Jackson Statue

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Feb 24, 2007

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    The centerpiece of Jackson Square is a statue of General Andrew Jackson, mounted on a rearing horse. Jackson is a Tennessean (originally from North Carolina) who became a national hero after decisively defeating the British at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. He went on to become the seventh president of the United States. Andrew Jackson is not to be confused with Confederate General Stonewall Jackson who won fame years later during the War Between the States.

    It was during the War of 1812 that Jackson earned his nickname of "Old Hickory." He had been ordered to march his Tennessee troops to Natchez, Mississippi. Upon arrival, Jackson was told to disband his men because they were unneeded. He refused to disband the men and marched them back to up the Natchez Trace to Tennessee. Because of his strict discipline during this march Jackson's men began to say he was as tough as hickory and the nickname stuck.

    I have mixed feeling about Andrew Jackson. He was a leader who had many admirable qualities and was known for his common touch. Yet, as president, he was also instrumental in the "Indian Removal" which resulted in the infamous "Trail of Tears," one of the most shameful episodes in American history. Historians say he was a "man of his times." Those times are difficult for those of us who live in a more tolerant age to comprehend.

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    Jackson Square: The Heart of the French Quarter

    by Tom_Fields Written Dec 17, 2006

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    The French Quarter was built around this central square, or plaza. It is named for General Andrew Jackson. During the War of 1812, he led a small ragtag army that defeated a far superior British force (which included many veterans of the Napoleonic Wars). This was one of the greatest upset victories in all military history. Jackson later became President.

    Jackson Square is a lovely place, surrounded by artists with their paintings and horse-drawn carriages.

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    Jackson Square

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 30, 2006

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    Originally a military parade ground known as the Place D'Arms, Jackson Square is the heart of the French Quarter. The focus of the square is the equestrian statue of Battle of New Orleans hero and former President Andrew Jackson. To the north of the square is Saint Louis Cathedral and the governor's mansion, and on either side of the square are pedestrian-only areas reserved for vendors and a very large number of punk psychics. Decatur Street lies south of the square along the Mississippi River and the Washington Artillery Park overlook--a great spot for people watching.

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    Jackson Square

    by ErinInMD Written Apr 14, 2006

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    Pedestrian Mall at Jackson Square

    Walk along the Pedestrian Mall near Jackson Square and you'll see artists, tarot card readers, musicians and palm readers (among other things).

    Post Katrina, you'll still find these things - just a little less of each. The one group of street performers I'm used to weren't there. You know them ... the people who paint themselves silver and act like statues. Did not see one of them, which made me sad. I hope they are all okay and are safe somewhere in the U.S.

    I did purchase a painting from one of the local artists who shows her work on the Decatur St. side. I wanted a special souvenir of this trip back to New Orleans. Plus, I wanted to support a local artist.

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    Walk Jackson Square Area in Morning

    by atufft Written Jan 12, 2006

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    Cafe du Monde is at one corner, so morning is a good time to visit Jackson Square. The light was bright and the chicory coffee and beignets a perked an introduction to the day. Incidentally, Andrew Jackson was the frontier hero who beat the British at the Battle of New Orleans, after the war was negotiated by peace treaty in Europe. The plaza where the statue stands is clearly one created by the Spanish during their forty year ownership of the city. Jackson Square is a good place to walk the dog (see dog walking tip).

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    Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral

    by wayne0k Written Jan 12, 2006

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    Cathedral at Jackson Square

    This is the famous Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral. I'll bet you are wondering how I got everyone to hide while I took this photo? It wasn't that difficult, just wait for a hot summer day and begin taking pictures at noon. There aren't that many other people crazy enough to stand out there under such conditions. Jackson Square was one of my favorite spots for a walk, especially on Saturday mornings when many local artists would make their work available for viewing and for sale.

    The many park benches around the Square also offered great "overflow" seating for the always-full Cafe Du Monde.

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    Wander Jackson Square

    by goodfish Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    This oasis in the middle of the French Quarter was once called "Place d'Arms" - where the French military marched around for review. After General Andew Jackson put the squash on the British during the Battle of New Orleans, a grateful populace renamed this patch of green in his honor. That's a monument of the General himself that you see in center of the square, with St. Louis Cathedral behind it.

    The surrounding streets are a carnival of tarot readers, fortune tellers, street musicians and artists but the square itself is pretty quiet. It's also right across the way from Cafe du Monde so if the morning crowd there is a bit much for you, get your beignets to go and trot over here for a peaceful munch in the park.

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    Statue of Andrew Jackson

    by Yasmine03 Updated Sep 14, 2005

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    A prominent monument in New Orleans is the statue of Andrew Jackson on his horse in the centre of Jackson Square. In 1812, Major-General Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans. Later in 1832, he became the President of United States.

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    Andrew Jackson Statue

    by acemj Updated Jul 11, 2005

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    The history of New Orleans isn't all good food and wild parties. The statue depicts the famous southern general Andrew Jackson and celebrates his defense of the city at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

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    A Bronze Equestrian Statue-Center of Place D'Arms

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 11, 2005

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    In the center of the square is the bronze equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson. It is one of three statues that have been sculpted of Jackson. Surrounding Jackson Square are museums, shops and restaurants and an open air artists colony.

    In the early days, the Jackson Square area was called the Place D'Arms, and was used as a military parade grounds, public square and open-air market. On the northwest side (Chartres Street), was located the church (now Saint Louis Cathedral) and the governor's mansion (the Cabildo).

    Following the Battle of New Orleans in 1814, the Baroness Pontalba (see Architectural Tips), lobbied for and financed the redesign of the public square.

    Due to the Baroness, the square now is surrounded by an iron fence, with formal gardens, walkways and benches for sitting inside of the park.

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    Tarot Reading in Jackson Square

    by Kat_911 Written May 31, 2005

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    Get a Tarot Reading while in Jackson Square that is near the St. Louis Cathedral. I had one done by a self-proclaimed were-wolf. Yes, he had the teeth. His reading was right on! He went by "Gypsy" aka/ Nesagareth. Seek him out, he's worth it.

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    Jackson Square in the French Quarter

    by starship Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    Entertainers on Jackson Square

    Jackson Square is located in the heart of the French Quarter or Vieux Carre (Old Square) in New Orleans. St. Louis Cathedral (completed in 1794) is the imposing center of Jackson Square. The Jackson Square area was generally called the Place d'Armes by the French and Plaza de Armas by the Spanish. This was the area where the militia drilled and the citizens met. The Place d'Armes was the site of the Louisiana Purchase (1803) ceremony, and was subsequently renamed Jackson Square in the 1850's in honor of Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 and later President of the United States.

    Today Jackson Square is a beautiful landscaped park at the center of which you will find a statue of Andrew Jackson. The park is landscaped in a sun pattern, with walkways set like the sun's rays streaming out from the center.

    It is a visual feast along the walls of this park, and on any given day you will find people displaying their arts & crafts, young musicians, face painters, carriages for hire and any number of others who make a living from the parade of tourists in this area. It's teaming with a variety of life and a great place to do some serious people watching and listening to music!

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    by CoAir13 Updated Mar 11, 2005

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    Art Center of New Orleans

    You're not likely to miss Jackson Square if you are spending time in the French Quarter. This is the hub of artists from all over the city. They come down to partake in their craft and display and sell their artwork. In the early 70's, the square was closed off to vehicular traffic and turned into a pedestrian mall.

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    The sights & sounds of JACKSON SQUARE

    by sunlovey Written Feb 23, 2005

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    The jazz band to the left in the pic was fantastic

    Surrounded by historic buildings and filled with plenty of the city's atmospheric street life & a beautifully landscaped park.

    Weird fact: Once the site of public executions carried out in various styles, including burning at the stake, beheading, breaking on the wheel, and hanging.

    A statue of Andrew Jackson, victorious leader of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, commands the center of the square, thus the square's name.

    During the day, artists hang their paintings on the park fence and set up outdoor "studios" where they work on canvases or offer to draw portraits of those passing by.

    Expect to witness great (and sometimes NOT so great) live jazz, mimes, tarot-card readers, and magicians performing on the square too. The jazz group in the picture I have included was there on the square performing everyday- They were great and attracted fun crowds that totally enjoyed their jam sessions.... It's nice to tip these people for their entertainment.

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    a monument to Andrew Jackson

    by rwlittle Written Feb 12, 2005

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    Jackson Square is dedicated to Andrew Jackson, General and later President. At the end of the war of 1812, he held off the British forces long enough for word that the war had ended to reach New Orleans. There's a statue to him in the center of the square, as you can see from the photo.

    Surrounding the Square are a number of restaurants and shops, and often there are painters/artists and musicians out surrounding the ...plenty to eat and see and hear.

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