Louisiana

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Abbreviation LA
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Baton Rouge
Population 4,533,372
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Bobby Jindal (Republican, to January 2016)
Entered the Union April 30, 1812
as the 18th state
Motto Union, Justice, and Confidence
Nickname The Pelican State, The Sportsman's Paradise, The Creole State, The Sugar State
Flower Magnolia
Bird Pelican
Song Give Me Louisiana and You Are My Sunshine
Professional Sports Teams New Orleans Saints (Football); New Orleans Pelicans (Men's Basketball)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name Named in honor of Louis XIV of France
Historical Sites French Quarter (New Orleans), Plantation Homes, Cajun country (Mississippi delta region), Chalmette National Historical Park
Points of Interest Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, Kisatchie National Forest, Confederate Museum(New Orleans), Superdome (New Orleans)
Bordering States Lousiana borders Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas.
Flag Lousiana's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Louisiana from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Louisiana
    http://www.50states.com/louisian.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Louisiana. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Louisiana
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/LA/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Louisiana's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Louisiana Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/la
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • Encyclopedia of Cajun Culture
    http://www.cajunculture.com/
    Here is a guide to everything you ever wanted to know about Cajun culture.
  • Real Cajun Recipes
    http://www.realcajunrecipes.com/
    Try your hand at Cajun cooking with this constantly growing collection of Cajun recipes, gathered from hundreds of Cajun cooks. Be sure to check out the Heritage link at the top to learn all about Acadiana, the Cajun Heartland.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Louisiana
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/22000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Louisiana.
  • Mardi Gras is a celebration that is known world wide. It 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. This custom was brought to Louisiana by the French.
  • Louisiana marshes supply most of the nation's muskrat fur as well as that of opossum, raccoon, mink, and otter, and large numbers of game birds.
  • The state tree is the Bald cypress, state insect is the Honeybee, state dog is the Catahoula Leopard Dog, state gemstone is Agate, state fossil is Petrified palmwood, and the state colors are gold, white, and blue.
  • Planters initially produced indigo and tobacco, but these crops were replaced by cotton in north Louisiana and sugar cane in the more tropical southern Louisiana. Today, Louisiana is among the top ten states in the production of sugar cane (2nd), sweet potatoes (2nd), rice (3rd), cotton (5th) and pecans (5th).
  • Louisiana has the greatest concentration of crude oil refineries, natural gas processing plants and petrochemical production facilities in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Louisiana is the nation's largest handler of grain for export to world markets. More than 40 percent of the U.S. grain exports move through Louisiana ports.
  • Because of its many bays and sounds, Louisiana has the longest coastline (15,000 miles) of any state and 41 percent of the nation's wetlands.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Louis Armstrong (1900 - 1971), jazz musician and entertainer.
  • Sieur de Jean Baptiste le Moyne Bienville (1680 - 1768), explorer, governor of Louisiana colony, founder of New Orleans, and referred to as the "Father of Louisiana."
  • Fats Domino, musician.
  • Bryant Gumbel, TV newscaster.
  • John James Audubon (1785 - 1851), naturalist and artist, some of whose paintings for Birds of America were done in Louisiana.
  • Truman Capote (1924 - 1984), writer, noted for evocative prose style.