Louisiana History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Pelican State

Great Seal of the State of LouisianaPurchase a Replica of the Louisiana State Seal

Adopted on April 30, 1902.

The Great Seal of Louisiana was adopted on April 30, 1902.

In 1902, Governor William Henry Wright Heard directed the Secretary of State to use a state seal of this description: "A Pelican, with its head turned to the left, in nest with three young; the Pelican, following the tradition in act of tearing its breast to feed its young; around the edge of the seal to be inscribed 'State of Louisiana'. Over head of the Pelican to be inscribed 'Union, Justice', and under the Pelican to be inscribed 'Confidence'." That is the seal that represents the State of Louisiana today.

** - The Great Seal is provided here for educational purposes only. State law restricts reproduction of the Great Seal for other purposes.

1682 The French explorer Sieur de La Salle, the first to descend the Mississippi to its mouth, took possession "of the country known as Louisiana," and named it for the reigning monarch of France, Louis XIV.

1714 Louis Juchereau de St. Denis founded Fort St. Jean Baptiste, present-day Natchitoches, the first permanent settlement in Louisiana.

French Fleur-de-Lis (LaSalle) [1682] 1717-31 Louisiana experienced a surge of growth and development as a colony of the Company of the West and, after 1719, its successor the Company of the Indies. The Company of the West was an elaborate colonization scheme of the Scotsman John Law, endorsed by the French government, which wreaked havoc on the entire economy of France.

1718 Sieur de Bienville began building New Orleans as a company town for the Company of the West. By 1721 New Orleans had a population of more than 370 people, including 147 male colonists, 65 female colonists, 38 children, 28 servants, 73 slaves and 21 Indians.

Capital City: Baton Rouge

Capitol Tour

Louisiana: State of Louisiana Official Web Site

Admission to Statehood: Click for Date & List

Airports: Airports MapAirport Links

Amtrak: South

Area: 51843 sq.mi, 31st   Land 43566 sq. mi., 33rd   Water 8277 sq.mi., 5th   Coastline 397 mi.; 5th   Shoreline 7,721mi. 3rd

Area Codes: Louisiana

Biographies: Famous People from Louisiana

Bird: Brown Pelican

Border States: Regional List  •  Arkansas •  Mississippi •  Texas

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City Guides: Louisiana

Climate: Louisiana

Community Pages: Louisiana Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 18th State

County Profile: see Parish Profile

Courts: Judicial System

Current Events: Louisiana News Headlines

Department of: Education Certification | Southern University at New Orleans A Historically Black University located in New Orleans.| University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisiana at Monroe

Driving: OMV

Economy: Agriculture: Seafood, cotton, soybeans, cattle, sugarcane, poultry and eggs, dairy products, rice.  Industry: Chemical products, petroleum and coal products, food processing, transportation equipment, paper products, tourism.

Flag: Louisiana (LA)

Flower: Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora

Cyndi's List •  Historical Societies

Geographic Center: Avoyelles, 3 miles southeast of Marksville

Geology Maps: Louisiana

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: Driskill Mountain; 535 feet; 48th

Highways: Louisiana Highways

History: History Timeline   Historical     Civil War

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Kids Corner: State of Louisiana Kids Site

Largest City Guides: New Orleans •  Baton Rouge •  Shreveport •  LaFayette •  Lake Charles •  Kenner •  Bossier City • Monroe  • Alexandria •  New Iberia  

Library: Louisiana 

License Plates: Louisiana

Lottery: Louisiana

Lowest Point: at New Orleans; 8 feet below sea level; 2nd

Map: Map of the State of Louisiana

Media: Radio   TV

Motto: Union, justice, and confidence

Museums: The Virtual Library

Name: Louisiana named in honor of France's King Louis XIV .

National Forest: Louisiana

Parish Profile: Parish Map  64 Parishes

Population: Quick facts   4,468,976; 22nd, 12/00

Real Estate: Every Louisina  City, Town & Community

Representatives: Louisiana House: Members • Louisiana Senate: Members • US House:   110th Congress • US Senate:   110th Congress

Road Side America: Louisiana

School Directory: Louisiana

Soil: Louisiana - Ruston

Song: Louisiana  • 

Sports: Louisiana Teams

State Parks: Louisiana

Symbols: Louisiana Facts

Tourism: www.louisianatravel.com

Travel: Louisiana Travel

Tree: Bald Cypress   Taxodium distichum  

Veteran Affairs: Louisiana VA

Weather: Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Metropolitan

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