France erected the statue in 1972
as a gift to New Orleans, whose namesake, Orléans, was one of the towns
Joan of Arc (1412-1431) defended from the English during the Hundred
Years War (1337-1453). In the city’s defense, she was overwhelmingly
successful, but her exploits did not stop there. In just over a year,
this teenager led troops in 13 different battles and sieges.