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 Louisiana, USA - Railroad Avenue, Donaldsonville, La.

Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV.

In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered a simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth is considered an aggravated assault.

Louisiana is the only state in the union that does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes.

Louisiana is the only state with a large population of Cajuns, descendants of the Acadians who were driven out of Canada in the 1700s because they wouldn't pledge allegiance to the King of England.

There is a myth that beginning in 1755 and lasting for several years, Acadians from Canada were deported by the English and sent DIRECTLY to Louisiana. This is NOT true. The Acadians who ended up in Louisiana were mostly deported to Maryland and Pennsylvania. Years later, they left Maryland for Louisiana. At that time, Louisiana was part of Spain.
Story of Acadians, Episode 1, Shaw Community Link

A Louisiana Christmas feast often includes Creole Gumbo. It can include ham, veal, chicken, shrimp, oysters and crabmeat.

A last-second home-team touchdown at Louisiana State University in 1988 sent the fans into such a frenzy that the victory registered as an earthquake on a local seismograph.

"Louisiana comes from the French La Louisiane, or "Land of Louis." It was named for Louis XIV, the King of France from 1643 to 1715."

There is MUCH more to discover about Louisiana, USA. Read on!

Louisiana Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Railroad Avenue, Donaldsonville, La.
Louisiana, USA

Railroad Avenue, Donaldsonville, La.
New Grunewald Hotel. Audubon Building and Maison Blanche. New Orleans, La.
Louisiana, USA

New Grunewald Hotel. Audubon Building and Maison Blanche. New Orleans, La.

"The Roosevelt New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 504-room hotel owned by Dimension Development and managed by Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. The hotel was originally built by Louis Grunewald, a German immigrant, and opened in 1893 as "The Hotel Grunewald."

The original hotel building was six stories tall and faced Baronne Street. It was built after Grunewald's Music Hall was destroyed by fire in 1862. The building housed 200 rooms and opened in December 1893 to be ready for the 1894 New Orleans Mardi Gras season. The decision to build a hotel proved to be very sound as the other major hotel in the city, the St. Charles Hotel, was destroyed by fire soon after the Grunewald opened..." wikipedia
Hotel Heidelberg, Baton Rouge
Louisiana, USA

Hotel Heidelberg, Baton Rouge

"The Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center is a historic hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, originally built in 1927 as the Heidelberg Hotel. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The Heidelberg Hotel was a favorite dwelling of Louisiana Governor Huey Long, who had a seventh-floor suite. For a time it was known as the Capitol House Hotel, when under the management of former State Representative Chris Faser, Jr. Huey P. Long, John F. Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter, Will Rogers, and Fidel Castro were all guests of the hotel..." wikipedia
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Louisiana, USA
Flag of Louisiana
Adopted November 22, 2010

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1682 - Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, claims vast Louisiana region for France

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1699 - Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville establishes France's first permanent settlement in Louisiana in what is now the southernmost portion of Alabama.
1700 - Louisiana is part of the Spanish Empire

1716 - June 6 - 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana
1717 - French banker John Law's Mississippi Company sets up business in Louisiana and the Mississippi River basin.
Contrary to popular belief, no Acadians were deported to Louisiana since it was under French control and then under Spanish control from 1762. It is by their own means that Acadians deported in the southern states of the United States will go to Louisiana, believing to be established in French territory. In 1763, the Acadians who had been sent to England were repatriated to France where, along with the others who had been deported there, they went to Louisiana in 1785 at the invitation of Spain, which controlled Louisiana at that time.
Musée de la Neufve-France on Facebook
1764 - The first Acadians (20) arrive in Louisiana from New York via Mobile. acadtime.htm
1765 - The first Acadians begin to settle in Louisiana. acadtime.htm
1785 - Spain provides 7 ships to carry over 1600 Acadians from France to Louisiana. acadtime.htm
1800 - Spain ceded Louisiana back to France webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
1803 - U. S. purchased Louisiana Territory webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
1812 - Louisiana became 18th state webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
1815 - British defeated by Andrew Jackson in Battle of New Orleans webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
1856 - August 10 – A hurricane destroys Last Island, Louisiana, leaving 400 dead. The whole island is broken up into several smaller islands by the storm.
August 10, 1856
1861 - January 26 - Louisiana seceded from Union; joined the Confederacy webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
1874 - Severe flooding occurred throughout the state (Louisiana) webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
1893 - Hurricane killed over 2,000 in Louisiana and Mississippi webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
1895 - Louisiana
Louisiana, loo-ee-ze-ah'na (named in honor of Louis XIV. of France), one of the Gulf States of the American Union, is bounded N. by Arkansas and Mississippi, E. by Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico, S. by the Gulf of Mexico, and W. by Texas. On the N. it is limited partly by the 31st and partly by the 33d degree of N. lat. The rivers Mississippi and Pearl wash its eastern borders, and on the W. it has the 94th degree of W. lon, for its limit from the N.W. angle of the state southward to the river Sabine, which stream is thenceforth its western boundary to the gulf. Area, 48,720 square miles, of which 45,420 miles are land, and 3300 square miles water surface...

Population.—Colonized chiefly by the French, and in later times by the Spanish, there still remain thousands of descendants of the original colonists, and the French language is habitually spoken by many of the people. The inhabitants of French descent, called Creoles (which term in this state does not imply any admixture... Read MORE...

1927 - Floods devastated 1,300,000 acres, 300,000 left homeless (Louisiana) webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
1956 - Longest over-water bridge in world - Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
1957 - June 27 - Hurricane Audrey smashed ashore at Cameron, LA, drowning 390 persons in the storm tide, and causing 150 million dollars damage in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Audrey left only a brick courthouse and a cement-block icehouse standing at Cameron, and when the waters settled in the town of Crede, only four buildings remained. The powerful winds of Audrey tossed a fishing boat weighing 78 tons onto an off-shore drilling platform. Winds along the coast gusted to 105 mph, and oil rigs off the Louisiana coast reported wind gusts to 180 mph. A storm surge greater than twelve feet inundated the Louisiana coast as much as 25 miles inland. It was the deadliest June hurricane of record for the U.S.
June 27, 1957
1969 - Hurricane Camille struck, killed 250 people webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
1987 - June 19 - The Supreme Court strikes down the Louisiana law that requires that schools teach creationism.
2023 - Louisiana has something to offer everyone. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in the Pelican State:
1. New Orleans:

French Quarter: Explore the historic heart of the city with its iconic architecture, lively street performers, and vibrant nightlife.

Bourbon Street: Famous for its nightlife, it's a must-visit for party-goers and those looking to enjoy live music and cocktails.

Garden District: Stroll through this picturesque neighborhood, known for its beautiful mansions and oak-lined streets.

Café du Monde: Satisfy your sweet tooth with beignets and café au lait at this iconic French Quarter cafe.

Mardi Gras: If you visit in February or early March, don't miss the world-famous Mardi Gras celebrations.

2. Baton Rouge:

Louisiana State Capitol: Visit the towering State Capitol building and explore its beautiful gardens.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum: A great place for families, featuring interactive exhibits and a planetarium.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center: Discover the natural beauty of Louisiana through hiking trails and wildlife exhibits.

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