Louisiana is a state in the United States’ southern region. It is bordered by Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Louisiana shares a border with the Gulf of Mexico. With 51,843 square miles, Louisiana is the 31st largest state in the United States. It is the 25th most populous state and the 24th most populous state, with a population of 4,601,893 people. Louisiana was inhabited by Native Americans prior to European settlement in the 1500s. The Spanish were the first to explore Louisiana, but the French claimed it in the 1600s. During the French and Indian Wars, Louisiana was ceded to the Spanish, but it was returned to France in 1800. In 1803, Napoleon sold Louisiana to the United States. Louisiana became the 18th state of the United States when it was admitted to the Union in 1812.
In 1682, the famous French explorer Sieur de La Salle named Louisiana after King Louis the 14th of France.
Louisiana was previously known as the Pelican State, but it is now known as Sportsman’s Paradise.
For $15 million, Napoleon sold Louisiana to the United States.
Louisiana’s state motto is ‘Union, Justice, and Confidence.’
Louisiana’s state songs are ‘Give Me Louisiana’ and ‘You Are My Sunshine.’
The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge, and the largest city is New Orleans.
Residents of Louisiana are referred to as Louisianans or Louisianians.
The first official Louisiana state flag was adopted 100 years after the state was formed.
The Louisiana black bear is the state mammal of Louisiana.
The alligator is the state reptile.
The Eastern brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana.
The magnolia blossom is the state flower, and the Louisiana iris is the state wildflower.
The bald cypress is the state tree of Louisiana.
The Sabine River, Atchafalaya River, Ouachita River, Red River, and Mississippi River are among Louisiana’s major rivers.
Catahoula Lake, Calcasieu Lake, White Lake, Grand Lake, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Pontechartrain are among Louisiana’s major lakes.
Soybeans, rice, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, pecans, and cotton are among Louisiana’s major crops.
Oil, natural gas, fishing, and salt production are among Louisiana’s major industries.
Louisiana has 35 state parks and one state forest.
There are no counties in Louisiana. The state is instead divided into 64 parishes.
This state is a well-known tourist destination. Every year, New Orleans hosts Mardi Gras, a major annual celebration. Mardi Gras originated in southern Europe as a prelude to Lent’s 40 days of fasting and sacrifice.
Louisiana has the tallest state capital building in the United States. It stands 450 feet tall and has 34 floors.
Cajuns are Acadian descendants who live in Louisiana in large numbers. In the 1700s, they fled to Louisiana from Canada because they refused to pledge allegiance to the King of England.
The Superdome in New Orleans has the world’s largest steel-constructed room that is not obstructed by posts. This dome contains 400 miles of electrical wiring.
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana is known as the Crawfish Capital of the World.
Kaplan, Louisiana is the most Cajun place on the planet.
Rayne, Louisiana is known as the Frog Capital of the World.
Gueydan, Louisiana is known as the Duck Capital of the World.