( The Pelican State )
Louisiana, named in honor of the French King Louis XIV, has a colorful history. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with Napoleon. It was admitted to the Union as the 18th state in 1812. A strong French influence is still evident throughout the state. Situated in the Deep South, Louisiana lies where the mighty Mississippi empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Water routes link the state with both the heart of America and lands across the sea. The life of Louisiana is based on a mixture of many peoples, cultures and customs. Tourists visit New Orleans for the city's festive Mardi Gras, the old French Quarter and the city's jazz clubs. Other attractions include Acadiana, the homeland of the Cajuns, and magnificent old plantation homes.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Louisiana include:
The Flag of Louisiana|
Entered the Union in 1812 as the 18th State; flag adopted in 1912. In heraldry a pelican tearing at her breast to feed her young is a symbol of self sacrifice. Louisiana used this symbol as a territory prior to Statehood.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) New Orleans, 484,674; Baton Rouge, 227,818; Shreveport, 200,145; Lafayette, 110,257; Lake Charles, 71,757; Kenner, 70,517; Bossier City, 56,461; Monroe, 53,107; Alexandria, 46,342; New Iberia, 32,623
Business and Trade in Louisiana
Agriculture: Seafood, cotton, soybeans, cattle, sugarcane, poultry and eggs ,dairy products, rice.
Industries: Chemical products, petroleum and coal products, food processing, transportation equipment, paper products, tourism.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
- Flower: Magnolia (magnolia)
- Tree: Bald Cypress (taxodium distichum)
- Song(s): Give Me Louisiana
- Motto: Union, Justice, and Confidence
Capital: Baton Rouge
4,468,976 (102.6 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 33rd Largest
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College & University
Border States: Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas
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Housing: In Louisiana, there are 1,847,181 housing units, averaging to 42.4 per sq mile.