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La Louisiane, named for Louis XIV of France, became a French colony in 1682 and United States purchased the vast territory in 1803 for $15 million. Thirteen states were carved from the Louisiana Territory. The Louisiana Purchase nearly doubled the size of the United States.
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Louisiana is the only state in the United States that follows the legal system established by Napoleon. The other 49 states follow English common law

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Louisiana is one of two states in the Unites States that doesn’t have counties. Louisiana’s political subdivisions are called parishes (Alaska's political subdivisions are called boroughs)
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Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the United States. The 34-story building measures 450 ft and was built in only 14 months.
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In Louisiana, Cajuns are a distinct ethnic group. They are descendants of French peeple of Canada that were expelled by the British for refusing to pledge their allegiance to the King of England and resettled in the Louisiana swamplands. Creoles consisted of the mixed-blood people of European, Caribbean, or African descent whose ancestors were born in Louisiana.
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New Orleans hosted its first Mardi Gras parade in 1837. The first floats appeared 20 years later, in 1857.
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The longest continuous bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, is in Louisiana. The 24-miles-longcauseway connects Metairie with Mandeville.
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The Saint Charles streetcar line in New Orleans is one of only two mobile national monuments in the United States
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The first opera performed in America was in 1796 in New Orleans.
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Louisiana's first territorial governor, William C.C. Claiborne had great admiration for the the pelican, an awkward bird that inhabited the Gulf Coast region. According a medieval belief, the pelican, rather than let its young starve, would tear at its own flesh to feed them (Real pelicans never perform this dramatic sacrifice) The Governor's great respect for the Pelican led him to first use the Pelican symbol on official documents.
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The first capital of French colonial government of the Louisiana territory is Mobile, later at Biloxi, and finally at New Orleans. After Louisiana joined the union as a state, New Orleans continued to serve as the state capital until the state found a more suitable capital at Baton Rouge. Louisiana's state capital was moved to Baton Rouge in 1849. With the start of the Civil War in 1861, and the occupation of both New Orleans and Baton Rouge by the Union Army, the location of the state government was moved to Opelousas in 1862, and then to Shreveport in 1864. The portion of Louisiana that was occupied by Union troops was governed out of New Orleans. After the Civil War, the state government returned to New Orleans. The State Legislature returned to Baton Rouge, after the completion of the renovations, on May 8, 1882