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During the period of Spanish rule, several thousand French-speaking refugees from the region of Acadia (now Nova Scotia, Canada) made their way to Louisiana following their expulsion by Britain after the Seven Years' War.

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Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America.

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Louisiana has been inhabited by Native Americans for at least three thousand years, when the mound at Poverty Point in northern Louisiana is estimated to have been built.

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A large part of Louisiana is the creation and product of the Mississippi River.

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Railroads opened up the northern and western parts of the state for development, allowing lumber companies access to Louisiana's forests.

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Defeated by Haitian revolutionaries, Napoleon decided to sell Louisiana.

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In 1682, the French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle named the region Louisiana to honor France's King Louis XIV.

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Interior Department, in efforts by the federal government to strip Louisiana of its submerged-land property rights.

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Due both to extensive flood control measures along the Mississippi River and natural subsidence, Louisiana was suffering, in the early twenty-first century, from the loss of coastal land area.

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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed large parts of Louisiana, resulting in 1,836 confirmed deaths, 705 people missing, and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses destroyed.

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The Louisiana political and legal structure has maintained several elements from the time of French governance.

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Southern Louisiana receives far more copious rainfall, especially during the winter months.

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Louisiana is often affected by tropical cyclones and is very vulnerable to strikes by major hurricanes, particularly the lowlands around and in the New Orleans area.

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Before achieving statehood in 1812, the territory of Louisiana had been alternately a Spanish or French colony.

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The city was founded in 1699, incorporated in 1817, and designated Louisiana's capital in 1849.

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The Louisiana State Capitol and the Louisiana Governor's Mansion are both located in Baton Rouge, which is located in the southeast portion of the state along the Mississippi River.

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Louisiana has seven congressional districts and is represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by four Republicans and three Democrats.

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Louisiana's population has the second largest proportion of African-Americans (32.5 percent) in the United States, behind neighboring Mississippi (36.3 percent).

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The settlement that was to become Milan was founded around 600 B.C.E.

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The oil boom of the 1980s greatly benefited Bahrain, as did the Lebanese civil war, which began in the 1970s, and which meant that Bahrain replaced Beirut as the Middle East's financial hub.

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The Port of South Louisiana, located on the Mississippi between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, is the largest-volume shipping port in the Western Hemisphere and fourth largest in the world.

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Beginning in 1950, Louisiana was sued several times by the U.S.

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In 1997, Louisiana became the first state to offer the option of a traditional marriage or a covenant marriage.

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Before the Louisiana Purchase, some German families had settled in a rural area along the lower Mississippi valley.

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In 1800, France's Napoleon Bonaparte acquired Louisiana from Spain in the Treaty of San Ildefonso, an arrangement kept secret for two years.

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Louisiana’s natural gas reserves account for about 5 percent of the U.S. total.

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Louisiana is rich in crude oil and natural gas.

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Whites of Southern U.S. background predominate in northern Louisiana.

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Tourism and culture are major players in Louisiana's economy, earning an estimated $5.2 billion per year.

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Among states in the Deep South (discounting Florida's Panhandle and much of Texas) the historic role of Catholicism in Louisiana is unparalleled and unique.

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Louisiana's forests offer a mix of oak, pine, beech, black walnut, and cypress.

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Louisiana has seven seats in to the U.S. House of Representatives, which are held by four Republicans and three Democrats.

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The total gross state product in 2005 for Louisiana was $168 billion, placing it 24th in the nation.

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Spanish interest in Louisiana soon thereafter became dormant.

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The population of Louisiana is made up of numerous Protestant denominations, comprising 50 percent of those claiming a religion.

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The Creole people of Louisiana are split into two racial divisions, White French Creoles and Black Creoles, originating from Haiti.

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Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America.

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The settlement of land claims in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Northern Quebec has given the Inuit money and a framework to develop and expand economic development activities.

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Driskill Mountain, the highest point in the state, is only 535 feet (163 m) above sea level; only two other states, Florida and Delaware, are geographically lower than Louisiana.

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Napoleon's ambitions in Louisiana involved the creation of a new empire centered on the Caribbean sugar trade.

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Alligators are common in Louisiana's extensive swamps, bogs, lakes, rivers, and bayous.

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About 95 percent of Louisiana's Asian population resides in New Orleans, also home to well-established East Indian and Korean communities.

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Louisiana has a humid subtropical climate, perhaps the most "classic" example of a humid subtropical climate of all the Southeastern states, with long, hot, humid summers and short, mild winters.

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Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes in the same way that most of the other U.S. states are divided into counties.

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Leading up to the American Civil War, Louisiana had seceded from the Union in 1861 and joined the Confederate States of America.

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Donaldsonville, Opelousas, and Shreveport have briefly served as the seat of Louisiana state government.

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In 2006 it was estimated that 50,209 people of Asian descent live in Louisiana, including the descendants of Chinese workers who arrived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, often from the Caribbean.

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Louisiana's French settlements contributed to further exploration and outposts, concentrated along the banks of the Mississippi and its major tributaries.

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Excluding the Gulf of Mexico OCS, Louisiana ranks fourth in crude oil production and is home to about 2 percent of total U.S. oil reserves.

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Central and northwest Louisiana was home to a substantial portion of the Caddo nation and the Natchitoches confederacy, consisting of the Natchitoches, the Yatasi, the Nakasa, the Doustioni, the Quachita, and the Adai.

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The first European explorers to visit Louisiana came in 1528, when a Spanish expedition located the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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Among the states of the Union, Louisiana's unique use of the term parish (French la parouche) for county is rooted in the pre-statehood role of Catholic church parishes in the administration of government.

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Nevertheless, more people lived in poverty in Louisiana than in any other state.

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The rest of Louisiana became a colony of Spain after the Seven Years' War by the Treaty of Paris of 1763.

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David Vitter was the first Republican in Louisiana to be popularly elected as a U.S. senator, in 1999.

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The following present-day states were once part of Louisiana: Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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Louisiana has nine votes in the Electoral College.

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Three years later, thousands of displaced residents in Mississippi and Louisiana were still living in trailers, while thousands others had been forced to relocate to other areas of the nation.

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The French colony of Louisiana originally claimed all the land on both sides of the Mississippi River and north to French territory in Canada.

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Louisiana is bordered to the west by the state of Texas; to the north by Arkansas; to the east by Mississippi; and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico.

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On May 2, 2008, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal used a speech to The National Press Club to request that President George W. Bush free up money to complete work on Louisiana's levees.

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Before achieving statehood in 1812, the territory of Louisiana had been alternately a Spanish or French colony.

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Louisiana is the only state that uses the term "parish" instead of "county."

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From 1898 to 1965, after Louisiana had effectively disfranchised African-Americans and poor whites, it essentially was a one-party state dominated by elite white Democrats.

Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the United States; the building is 450 feet tall with 34 floors.Metairie is home to the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain causeway. ... Breaux Bridge is known as the "Crawfish Capital of the World".More items...

Louisiana Facts and Trivia. The world famous "Mardi Gras" is celebrated in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is an ancient custom that originated in southern Europe. It celebrates food and fun just before the 40 days of Lent: a Catholic time of prayer and sacrifice.

Originally colonized by the French during the 18th century, it became U.S. territory as part of the historic Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and was admitted to the union in 1812.

Louisiana's major mined products are petroleum and natural gas and are responsible for over 90% of the state's mining income. Other important mined products are sulfer and salt. Louisiana also produces coal and sand and gravel.

Dishes typical of Creole food.An example of creole Jambalaya.Oysters Rockefeller.Southern Oxtail Soup.Creole bread pudding with vanilla whiskey sauce in New Orleans, Louisiana.Eggs Sardou with gulf shrimp added and grits on the side.Seafood gumbo.Louisiana-style crawfish boil.

Louisiana's minimum wage is tied to the federal standard, $7.25 per hour. Under Carter's bill, the state would boost its rate to $8 per hour in 2018 and to $8.50 an hour a year later.May 17, 2017

Other foods popular in Louisiana include Gumbo, Étouffée, Jambalaya, Muffuletta, Po'boy, and Red Beans and Rice. Seafood is especially popular in Louisiana either as an ingredient or as a main dish such as Shrimp, Crawfish, Crabs, Oysters and Catfish.

The French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle named the region Louisiana in 1682 to honor France's King Louis XIV. The first permanent settlement, Fort Maurepas (at what is now Ocean Springs, Mississippi, near Biloxi), was founded in 1699 by Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, a French military officer from Canada.

The Americans thought that Napoleon might withdraw the offer at any time, preventing the United States from acquiring New Orleans, so they agreed and signed the Louisiana Purchase Treaty on April 30, 1803. On July 4, 1803, the treaty reached Washington, D.C..

On April 30, 1803, U.S. representatives in Paris agreed to pay $15 million for about 828,000 square miles of land that stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. This deal, known as the Louisiana Purchase, nearly doubled the size of the United States.Apr 30, 2013

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The purchased territory included the whole of today's Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, parts of Minnesota and Louisiana west of Mississippi River, including New Orleans, big parts of North and northeastern New Mexico, South Dakota, northern Texas, some parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado as ...

We can approximately identify three main spoken languages, each one with its varieties: the first is the French branch that originated Cajun French and Colonial French, the second is the English one that developed respectively Cajun English and Yat and finally there is Louisiana Creole, which pertains to the family of ...May 25, 2012

With a purchase price of just $15 million, the U.S. added some 13 states worth of territories at less than three cents per acre. ... With land costs today averaging between $1,000 and $4,000 per acre in the continental U.S., the total value of the Louisiana Purchase is therefore likely to be near $1.2 trillion.Aug 23, 2017

In exchange, the United States acquired the vast domain of Louisiana Territory, some 828,000 square miles of land. The treaty was dated April 30 and signed on May 2. In October, the U.S. Senate ratified the purchase, and in December 1803 France transferred authority over the region to the United States.

The Louisiana Purchase (1803) was a land deal between the United States and France, in which the U.S. acquired approximately 827,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River for $15 million.

In 1803, US President Thomas Jefferson arranged the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France. Size: The Louisiana Purchase almost doubled the area of the United States; this new acquisition had an area of 828,000 square miles (2,155,500 square kilometers).