The Battle of New Orleans was a series of battles fought during the War of 1812. It is generally considered the final battle of 1812. The United States and Britain signed a treaty, in Belgium on December 24, 1814, marking an end to the War of 1812.
Would you believe that the militiamen expected ammunitions to be handed out in New Orleans, with only one-third of them carrying their own guns?
Battle of New Orleans Trivia Questions and Answers
New Orleans is widely known as the birthplace of Jazz music. When people visit the place they are bound to hear slow, relaxing music being played at the bars and in the streets.
Great battles influence fine art, but artists rarely heed historical accuracy. Some paintings that were made to celebrate Jackson’s rout show the Scottish troops in Britain’s 93rd Highland Regiment donned in fashionable kilts in combats.
Quiz yourself with this trivia to help you broadly understand the battle of New Orleans.
1. Where did the Battle of New Orleans actually take place?
2. The Battle of New Orleans was the last major military conflict of which war?
3. What was significant about Fort Mims?
4. The unique history and culture of the city make it a common setting for movies, as well as a frequent location for cinema production. Which of the following notable movies was NOT set nor filmed in New Orleans?
5. What originally was Jackson’s mission in the south?
6. The famous stadium in New Orleans carries which name?
7. What was horseshoe bend?
8. While known internationally for this holiday, not many know the meaning of its name. What does the French term “Mardi Gras” mean in English?
9. What events took place at Pensacola Fl, and Mobile Al?
10. The French Quarter features a small park named Jackson Square, which bears a monument of this namesake. Who is this Jackson for whom Jackson Square is named?
11. Who was Edward Pakenham?
12. Who were the Lafitte brothers?
13. Which country ruled New Orleans when most of its French Quarter was developed?
14. Describe the British invasion force launch from Plymouth.
15. New Orleans is regarded to be the “birthplace” of which musical medium?
16. Who were the hellish banditti?
17. While most people have heard of gumbo (if not enjoyed a bowl of it), not many know of the word’s origin. From which international region does the name originate?
18. Where did Jackson and Lafitte Brothers meet face to face?
19. New Orleans can claim partial credit for the success of the Allied Forces in World War II. Successful invasion of Normandy on “D-Day” is attributed to the particular watercraft that brought troops onshore for that battle, for example, and these unique boats were actually developed and manufactured on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. What was the name of this particular watercraft?
20. Why did Jackson declare martial law?
21. Did Jackson make use of any warships? Which ones? How did he use them?
22. In what decade did European explorers first visit the mouth of the Mississippi River?
23. Andrew Jackson received his historic nickname, Old Hickory after he allotted his personal horses and carriage to the use of soldiers suffering from disease as they returned to Nashville from Natchez in 1813. What additional nickname did he acquire during the War of 1812?
24. What is significant about Villiere’s plantation?
25. Once they discovered the area, how long did it take the French to establish their first colony?
26. American involvement in the Creek War was an integral part of the War of 1812. Some historians even say it was the making of Tennessee. Which of the following symbols did Tennessee adopt as a result of the Militia’s actions under Jackson’s generalship?
27. Why was the Rodriguez Canal important to Jackson’s army?
28. Which Native chiefs fought with Jackson at New Orleans?
29. Describe the initial artillery exchange between the Americans and the British?
30. When was the city of New Orleans founded?
31. Of the many challenges to the defense of New Orleans, which was, surprisingly, not a problem?
32. What event destroyed much of the city in 1722?
34. On January 8, 1815, General Andrew Jackson’s army defeated the British Army in a victory of near-epic proportions. One key strategy to assuring American victory was to ensure that the British could not do which of the following?
35. During the Battle of New Orleans, how many American soldiers confronted the British force of 15,000?
36. Why did the French cede control of New Orleans to the Spanish?
37. In 1979, why was the National Guard called into the city during Mardi Gras?
38. What was the population of New Orleans in 2000?
39. Who were the “Kaintucks,” a group that became well-known in New Orleans in the late 1700s?
40. New Orleans was named after what or whom?
41. On January 8, 1815, General Andrew Jackson’s army defeated the British Army in a victory of near-epic proportions. One key strategy to assuring American victory was to ensure that the British could not do which of the following?
42. When was the first Mardi Gras parade celebrated?
43. What crop was important to the very first settlers of New Orleans?
44. How many teachers were there when the city’s public school system began in 1841?
45. In what year did the United States purchase the city, along with much of the land around it?
46. Why were French leaders indifferent to giving up New Orleans to Spain in 1763?
47. How much did the U.S. pay France for the Louisiana Purchase?
48. Beginning in 1992, what did the city council require of the Mardi Gras “krewes,” the bands of revelers that participate in festivities?
49. The Cajun ethnic group is made up of which people?
50. In which year did Hurricane Betsy devastate parts of New Orleans?
51. Who was Ernest N. Morial?
52. What National Historic Park in New Orleans has the oldest collection of oak trees in the country?
53. In what year did the local government take control of local dock facilities?
54. What street in the French Quarter is a popular tourist attraction famous for its nightlife, lined with bars, cabarets, and restaurants?
55. How many canal breaches occurred in the city during Hurricane Katrina in 2005?
56. Caf? du Monde in the French Quarter is famous for serving pastry dusted with powdered sugar?
57. Which crop was vitally important to New Orleans in the 1800s?
58. What famous cathedral is located in the Place John II neighborhood of the historic French Quarter?
59. Whites accounted for what percentage of the city’s population in 1960?
60. The first European settlers in New Orleans were from what country?
61. How many people died in the 1853 yellow fever epidemic?
62. What hurricane struck New Orleans in 2005, displacing a million people and killing almost 1,800?
63. How much of the city was flooded by Hurricane Katrina?
64. What building in New Orleans is the World’s largest steel-constructed room unobstructed by poles?
65. Why is New Orleans known as the “birthplace of jazz”?
66. What was “Storyville?”
67. The practice of forcing captured sailors to serve in British naval crews was called what?
68. What day comes after Mardi Gras?
69. Which US ship was illegally attacked, detained, and boarded by a British ship in 1807, causing a major scandal?
70. What famous father and son were each crowned King Bacchus at New Orleans Mardi Gras?
71. What is it called when a state evokes the principle of States’ Rights and leaves the Union?