Robert Cavalier, Sieur de LaSalle began his expedition down the Mississippi River in 1682, claiming the entire Mississippi watershed in the name of France. La Salle Expedition II stopped in Kenner during the reenactment period from August 1976 to April 1977.

  1. Cannes Brulee Era 1700
  2. Paddle Wheel Era 1800
  3. Railroad Era 1855
  4. Landing Wheels Era
  5. Interstate Era 1970s
  6. Wheels of Imagination Era 1990s

Cannes Brulee

  • 1718: The French found New Orleans and marked "Cannes Brulee" on maps upriver in the area known today as the City of Kenner. French for "Burnt Canes", Cannes Brulee was a name given by explorers who observed natives burning cane to drive out wild game.
  • 1720: Jean Baptiste Martin d'Artaguiette and Count Joseph Montespuiou d'Artagnan established two of the first plantations in the "Cannes Brulee" area on the Mississippi River.
  • 1757: Sugar cane was introduced to the region by the Jesuits of Santa Domingo, other crops were indigo, wheat, beans, and corn. River Cane still grows in Kenner. Visitors can see it at "Cannes Brulee — Native American Center" in Rivertown (Jefferson Highway at Williams Boulevard).