The tour will meet at the St. Charles Avenue streetcar stop on St. Charles and Common. The walk begins with a local historian providing a history timeline of the city from an early settlement by Native Americans to a planned French, then Spanish colonial city, which is heavily influenced by Africa and the Caribbean. You will learn how events in Europe directly impact this most European of all American cities. We will begin our walk in the American Sector/Quarter (today's CBD) and then walk across the neutral ground of Canal Street into the French Quarter. We will walksplore the French Quarter streets highlighting the history, culture, music, cuisine, and architecture. We will walk through carriageways, alleyways, and into a courtyard. We will see everything from famous restaurants to former slave auction sites to literary landmarks. We will walk into the Old Square and view the famed St. Louis Cathedral and the historic structures that surround it. We will end our historic walk at the Mississippi River!