The first fire occurred on March 21, 1788 in which more than 800 buildings were destroyed.
On December 7, 1794 a fire in New Orleans burned 212 buildings down. The area where the fire occurred is located in the French Quarter, between Burgundy and Chartres Street.
At one time, Jackson Square was the heart of New Orleans and it was called Place d'Armes. Jackson Square was named after Andrew Jackson and his statue has stood there since 1856. The St. Louis Cathedral is located on one side of the square.