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HISTORY The area now known as Bywater was mostly plantation land in the Colonial era, with significant residential development beginning the first decade of the 19th century as part of what was known as “Faubourg Washington”, part of the predominantly Francophone “Downtown” section of New Orleans. Many people from France, Spain and the French Caribbean settled here. During the century, it grew with both White Creoles of French and Spanish descent, as well as other mixed raced.

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