New Orleans: The Wealthiest City of the Caribbean
Addendum from Mr. Clio:
Here's what the New Yorker's A.J. Liebling had to say in a similar way when writing about Earl Long:
New Orleans resembles Genoa or Marseilles, or Beirut or the Egyptian Alexandria more than it does New York... Like Havana and Port-au-Prince, New Orleans is within the orbit of a Hellenistic world that never touched the North Atlantic. The Mediterranean, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico form a homogeneous, though interrupted, sea.
H/T Stephen Smith for the quote.