Others believe jambalaya originated from the French Quarters of New Orleans during the time when the Spanish ruled Louisiana. It was thought that, because the Spanish wanted to create a rice dish made with Saffron. Because saffron was not available, tomatoes were used instead and the result became Jambalaya. However, some believe that the Spanish had nothing to do with Jambalaya's origin. There is also speculation that the Acadians brought Jambalaya with them when they came from their country to America. But, the Acadians were not introduced to rice until after they had already crossed the ocean to America.