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Louisiana

   
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Louisiana Printables

 

Louisiana Color-me State Quarter

Louisiana Printable Blank Map

Louisiana Printable Blank Flag

Louisiana Printable Fact Sheet

Louisiana Printable Scavenger Hunt

Southern States Label Me Map

 

Louisiana Online Extras

 

Louisiana State Bird: Brown Pelican

 

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Louisiana State Bird: Brown Pelican

Louisiana Jigsaw

Louisiana Word Search

 

Top Five Facts

 

1. ) When Louisiana seceded from the Union before the American Civil War, New Orleans became the largest city in the Confederacy.

2. ) New Orleans is nicknamed "the Big Easy," probably because at one time it was easy for jazz musicians to find work in the city.

3. ) The 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster devastated the city of New Orleans, flooding at least 80 percent of the city, and causing much of the population to flee to neighboring cities.

4. ) Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve is named for the the famed pirate Jean Lafitte, who helped American forces defeat the British in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.

5. ) Lafayette, Louisiana is known as the "Cajun Heartland" and is a popular tourist destination for its Cajun food and festivals.

 

Louisiana in History

 

 

1541: Spanish
explorer Hernando de Soto visits Louisiana in his
explorations of the American southeast.

1684: René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
names the region Louisiana in honor of France’s King
Louis XIV.

1699: The first permanent settlement in Louisiana, Fort
Maurepas, is founded by French-Candia explorer
Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville

1722: New Orleans, located near the mouth of the
Mississippi River, is named capital of New France.

1763: Most of Louisiana, other than New Orleans, becomes
a Spanish possession as a result of the defeat
of the French by the British in the French and
Indian War.

1763-1800: Acadians, French settlers expelled from Nova Scotia,
Canada by the British after the French and Indian
War, descend upon Louisiana and settle by the thousands.
These settlers would be called "Cajuns" by
the Spanish.

1800: French ruler Napoleon I re-acquires Louisiana from
the Spanish in the Treaty of San Ildefonso.

1803: Napoleon I offers to sell New Orleans and the entire
Louisiana Territory (which included an area much
larger than present-day Louisiana) to the U.S.
Government for $15,000,000. The United States agrees
and America doubles in size.

1811: The largest slave uprising in American history
occurs near New Orleans. In what came to be known
as the German Coast Uprising, 95 slaves were executed.

1812: Louisiana is admitted as a state.

1840: New Orleans establishes itself as the center
of the American slave-trading industry.

1861: Louisiana secedes from the Union and joins
the Confederate States of America during the Civil
War.

1862: Union forces capture New Orleans, the largest
city in the Confederacy. Subsequent ports near New
Orleans would also be taken by U.S. Naval forces.

1870: Louisiana is readmitted to the Union.

1897: The notable 19th-century Supreme Court decision
Plessy v. Ferguson, determined that segregation could
be legal so long as it did not result in inequality.
It originated in Louisiana.

2005: Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans,
breeching its levees and flooding the city. A major
humanitarian crisis ensues and thousands of people
lose their homes. At least 1,500 people are killed
as a result of the hurricane, and the city loses
nearly half of its population.

 

Explorations of Hernando de Soto

Explorations of Robert Sieur de la Salle

Louisiana Purchase

War of 1812

Secession

American Civil War

Union States in the Civil War

 

Louisiana People

 
 
Jean Lafitte
 

Pirate Jean Lafitte

Andrew Jackson

 

Louisiana in Detail

 
New Orleans
 
Downtown New Orleans
 

New Orleans

Red River

Mississippi River

 

Selected Louisiana Video – New Orleans Travel Guide