Louisiana, a land of swamps, great food, its own dialect, and jazz music, is a state that brings so much culture to the United States. It is located in the Gulf of Mexico and is the only U.S state to be governed under Napoleonic Code. The population of Louisiana is multicultural and is influenced by the Spanish, French, and African communities that lived here during the 18th century. Louisiana is the only U.S state that has parishes instead of counties. From June through November, the state experiences hurricane season. Read our guides below to learn more about traveling to this state.
First, a little history…
French explorers first arrived in the land in early 1500. However, it was more than a century before the Europeans came back as settlers. The state still has French colonial influences because of its history. In 1803, the United States purchased Louisiana from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1812, Louisiana was admitted into the union as the 18th U.S state.
In the mid-19th century, under the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, Louisiana seceded from the United States and the other southern states. The states joined a new country called the Confederate States of America, due to which a war broke out. After the Battle of Baton Rouge, Louisiana was readmitted to the union in 1868.
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The Mardi Gras Carnival takes place in New Orleans every year. In this colorful event, streets are decorated with parades, and numerous balls are held. Celebrations begin on the weekend before Ash Wednesday and go on until Tuesday. Crowds gather to watch upward of one-thousand floats in the parades. Almost half of the costumes and props are created in the Mardi Gras World. People can also visit the workshop to see how the artisans build the floats.
New Orleans’ French Quarter
The French Quarter is New Orleans’s most famous and oldest neighborhood. The buildings in the block are 300 years old, and people come here for sightseeing, dining, shopping, and entertainment. One of the most famous streets is ‘North Rampart Street,’ which has many historic buildings and good restaurants. On the other hand, you will find jazz clubs, art galleries, and antique shops on ‘Royal Street.’
Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol looks like an old castle and has a Gothic style that is equally impressive from the inside. The roof of the building is crenelated, and two huge towers are located on each side of the main entrance. The building is set on a hill where it overlooks the Mississippi River. The castle has a political history museum where you will find documents, artifacts, and interactive exhibits exploring the state’s history.
Louisiana is famous for its swamps and bayous. Visitors can tour the place on a two-hour boat ride, where you will see the extensive swamplands, wildlife, and moss-covered trees. During the tour, you will also see the Cajun Village, which is only accessible by water. Here, you can learn about the village’s unique culture.
The site is home to the restored original Acadian homes and buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Exhibits in the park explore Louisiana’s indigenous people’s lives, language, and culture. From early slavery to the civil rights movement, visitors can learn about various topics in this place.
Some other notable places:
Sci-Port Discovery Center
St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church
National WWII Museum
DeQuincy Railroad Museum
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