New Orleans: Gateway to the Americas

International House, 1950

For more than forty years, International House provided the combined services of a private club, trade group and international Chamber of Commerce. In the mid-1950s it created an Inter-American Investment Opportunity Service that sought to bring Latin American entrepreneurs together with U.S. investors. The goal was "economic advancement in Latin America at a private enterprise level." International House's interest in attracting the attention of Latin American principals is illustrated by this advertisement in Agricultura Moderna, a publication devoted to agricultural interests with a particular emphasis on the cultivation of rice and the production of cattle.
[Agricultura Moderna, Diciembre, 1950]
The International Relations Department plans and directs trade and travel missions which have proved most useful to business and professional people. To date, 44 trade missions have traveled to every Latin American country, to several European countries, to Asia and behind the Iron Curtain. Participants on these missions have been received by presidents, ambassadors, ministers of state and other high-ranking governmental officials in the countries visited.

The department conducts a student and teacher exchange program with Central and South American countries which each year places Latin American students in colleges and universities all over the United States and assists U.S. students to study in Latin American centers of learning. International House administers the Cordell Hull Foundation, a private, non-profit corporation to assist worthy students from Central and South American countries in attending colleges and universities in the United States. Since the Foundation has been in operation, many Latin American students have been able to pursue courses of study in this country which may not be available in their own countries, particularly in the fields of medicine and engineering.

[International House, New Orleans (1961)]

Introduction | Aguardiente de caña, 1770 | Imports, 1822 | Price-Current, 1845 | Minatitlan, 1852 | Steamships, 1854
Cotton Exposition, 1884 | The Logical Point, 1885 | El Nopal, 1885 | Bananas, ca. 1919 | Mercurio, 1913
Cuyamel Fruit, 1917 | La Voz Latina, 1936 | Del Sud, 1938 | deLesseps S. Morrison, 1946
International House, 1950 | Garden of the Americas, 1957 | International Trade Mart, 1964
Coffee, 1965 | Victor H. Schiro, 1965