The prevalence of history is of utmost importance. New Orleans is a vibrant city, with a cultural history as a port city and mixing pot. New ideas stem from an environment such as this, and as such, it is important to study the way in which these ideas arise. Without knowing the history and background of the city, it becomes a near to impossible task to explain the incredible culture that people are immersed in in New Orleans. Truly, without knowing how the city has been brought up, without knowing why the city has become what it is today, without knowing the powerful role that New Orleans has played throughout history,... without knowing all of this and more, conjectures and ideas become meaningless. For it is within this history that we can discover more about not just what the city is, but who the people who inhabit it are. It is up to us to discover and uncover these truths, and it is ultimately our responsibility to uncover who we are through the history that lies around us.