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Louisiana is a good state in which to live and raise a family. Our motto “Union, Justice and Confidence” is sometimes forgotten and appears elusive like our state bird the Brown Pelican. We forget sometimes that our state flower is the Magnolia just as we forget that the Bald Cypress is our state tree.

Louisiana was discovered only 27 years after Columbus discovered America. Robert de LaSalle, an early French explorer, named Louisiana for Louis XVI, King of France. Probably more flags have flown over La. than any other in the nation. Ten different flags have flown over the area. The original La. Territory comprises of or part of 17 different states.

Napoleon sold the Louisiana Territory west of the Mississippi River in 1803. On April 30, 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state admitted to the Union. Louisiana is the only state whose political subdivisions are known as “Parishes” in instead of “Counties”. For a short time they were known as counties but the strong French and Spanish influence changed to reflect the religious divisions of the Catholic Church. There are 64 parishes in the state.

 

 

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