In 1915, New Orleans bungalow architect Morgan Dudley E. Hite (1882-1959) developed a map titled “New Orleans –Center of the World” (shown above). Mayor Martin Behrman’s administration liked the map so much, it was used in a full-page advertisement the following year (shown below), accompanied by the passage:
“New Orleans is not content to rest secure and apathetic in her position as the center of the world, the center of world population, the center of world-production, the center of world-navigation.”
“That much was done for the City of New Orleans by Nature.”
“But to supplement this handsome and generous work of Nature the City of New Orleans is building for the future when the new industrial empire at her door will have been developed; when the wet lands at her door have been reclaimed; when the cut-over pine lands will have been turned to the plow; when the natural resources of her tributary section will have been made to yield the golden tribute of their promise.”(1)
(1)”The Eyes of the World Are on New Orleans.” Trade Index 28:6 (June 1916); recto of back cover. Louisiana Research Collection, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.