In 1764, France officially handed Louisiana to Spain in the aftermath of the Seven Years’ War. This didn’t sit well with the territory’s French population, which initially resisted Spanish rule. Eventually, however, the two cultures blended into something unique and unprecedented. Today, signs of a Spanish legacy are present on streets throughout the city. Many buildings in the French Quarter, for example, were constructed in the Spanish colonial era (making that neighborhood’s name somewhat of a misnomer). Cooking, too, adopted a Spanish bent that the city’s modern tapas bars have both honored and reimagined.