Half say, “OMG, did you grow up in my neighborhood?” and half say, “Your hatred of Italians is the one thing I don’t get about you.” The answer is in the question.Many Italians settled in run-down apartments of the French Quarter, which, for a while, was locally known as “Little Italy.” The Italians, like other poor immigrants, were met with discrimination and suspicion from locals.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
In 1890, many New Orleanians blamed the murder of a Police Chief David Hennessey on Italian immigrants, and over a hundred men were arrested in a sweep, but most were soon released.
After a trial of several suspects led to acquittals, a mob stormed the jail and murdered eleven Italians.
They arrived in a city where previous Italian immigrants had already established a decent-sized community, dating back to the French era.
In fact, the Italian-born Henri de Tonti, as part of a French expedition, explored Louisiana even before New Orleans existed and later became a leader in the fledgling colony. As their populations grew in New Orleans, the Italians created iconic social clubs and benevolent organizations.