Louisiana State Geography

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Population (1994): 4,315,000 (21st in size)

State size: 47,752 square miles (31st in size)

State Capital: Baton Rouge (named from the French word "Baton Rouge" meaning "Red Post" which was used to mark the boundary between hunting grounds of two native tribes)

Major cities: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Orleans and Shreveport

Admission to union: The 18th State

Date entered the union: April 30, 1812

Origin of state name: Named after Louis XIV, King of France

Nicknames: The Pelican State

Bordering states: Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas with the Gulf of Mexico on the South

State bird: Eastern Brown Pelican

State flower: Magnolia

State tree: Bald Cypress

Motto: Union, Justice and Confidence


Geographic Landmarks

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New Orleans and its 24 hour a day, party atmosphere attracts many tourists each year.


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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  Louisiana is largely an agricultural state with soybeans, cotton, sugarcane, rice, corn and timber playing a major role. Natural resources include oil.


Historical Highlights

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  Initially explored by the Spanish. Claimed by the French, but later given back to Spain. The U.S. acquired Louisiana as part of the Louisiana Purchase.


Population and Culture

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  Louisiana still retains some of its original French culture.



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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Louisiana

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Louisiana State Government home page

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