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Moving to Louisiana
New Orleans, the Gulf of Mexico, Cajun cooking. Louisiana has a mystique and an appeal like no other state. The world famous "Mardi Gras" is celebrated every year in New Orleans, but this state is partying all the time. Louisiana hosts more than 600 festivals each year. History and culture abound, as well as natural beauty. Louisiana has 15 state historic sites, 17 state parks, and a state preservation area.
In 1803, the United States paid France $15 million for the Louisiana Territory, 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. The Louisiana Purchase nearly doubled the size of the United States. Thirteen states were carved from the Louisiana Territory. Louisiana, named in honor of King Louis XIV, became the 18th state in 1812.
Now that you are moving to the "Pelican State," impress your family and friends with these fascinating Louisiana facts:
State Capital is Baton Rouge.
State Songs are "Give Me Louisiana" and "You Are My Sunshine" which was written by a former governor.
The Battle of New Orleans, which made Andrew Jackson a national hero, was fought two weeks after the War of 1812 had ended. News of the war's end had not reached Louisiana.
The word "bayou" (BUY-you) is a French name for slow-moving river.
Jazzland Theme Park is Louisiana's first Disney-style theme park with rides and the type of shows, music, and food for which Louisiana is famous.
Napoleon's death mask belongs to the Louisiana State Museum.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog (Catahoula Hound) is the official state dog.
Louisiana is America's second largest producer of natural gas. It supplies one-third of the total U.S. production.
Louisiana produces more furs (1.3 million pelts a year) than any other state. The catch includes nutria, muskrat, mink, otter and beaver.
State Flower is the Magnolia.
Louisiana does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes.
Louisiana is the only state with a large population of Cajuns, descendants of the Acadians who were driven out of Canada in the 1700s.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest over-water bridge in the world at 23.87 miles.
Delta Airlines got its start in Monroe.
Baton Rouge was the site of the only American Revolution battle outside the 13 Colonies.
The nation's first opera was performed in New Orleans in 1796.
Louisiana is the number one producer of crawfish, alligators and shallots.
Louisiana produces 24% of the nation's salt, the most in the country.
There are 117,518 oyster reefs in Louisiana waters.
State Tree is the Bald Cypress.
Louisiana is the only state that still refers to the Napoleonic Code in its state law.
State Motto: Union, Justice, Confidence.
The Louisiana Superdome is the world's largest enclosed stadium.
Enjoy your new home Louisiana!