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Did you know that the state of Louisiana is situated in the southern area of America? Did you know that New Orleans, Louisiana has been flooded by hurricanes 6 times in the past 100 years? Did you know that it is the 18th state of the U.S. constitution? Did you know that the State Reptile Emblem is an Alligator?

Fun Fact 1: The name Louisiana has French origins. The name was chosen by French explorer René-Robert Cavelier in 1682, as a tribute to  King Louis XIV of France


Fun Fact 2: The state flag is a field of blue which show the imagery of a mother pelican feeding her young with her own flesh "pelican in her piety"; the pelican symbolizes the state protecting its people. The white ribbon below displays the state motto "Union, Justice, and Confidence."

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of Louisiana is Baton Rouge. French explorers travelling the Mississippi River discovered a large pole from which dead animals were hanging, the site marked the boundary between two native tribal regions, and the name Baton Rouge (red Stick) was adopted for the area

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 135,382 square kilometers or 51843 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are 3 states that border Louisiana they are; Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas

Fun Fact 6: The Louisiana state nickname is The Pelican State, the nickname pays tribute to the official state bird, (the brown pelican) which is native to Louisiana

Fun Fact 7: The state flower symbol of Louisiana is Magnolia

Fun Fact 8: The official State Song is "Give Me Louisiana"; it was written by Doralice Fontane

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in Louisiana are New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "Union, Justice, and Confidence"

Fun Fact 11: A brief history of Louisiana - The area was claimed by the French in 1682, the foundation of New Orleans was settled in 1718. The Spanish took control of Louisiana between 1763 and 1800. United States acquired the territory in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Louisiana was the 18th State to be admitted to the Constitution on April 30, 1812

Fun Fact 12: The abbreviation letters for the state of Louisiana is - La. The Postal Code abbreviation is - LA

Fun Fact 13: The New Orleans Mardi Gras is an annual celebration that has origins dating the celebrations in Louisiana to 1699. The first recorded event was originally held near the Mississippi river. The Mardi Gras season typically lasts for two weeks leading to the highlighted Mardi Gras day (specifically held on the Tuesday before lent - Mardi Gras translates as "Fat Tuesday"). The carnival is a celebration, and encourages fun, celebration and good eating before fasting for Lent. Louisiana declared Mardi Gras a legal state holiday in 1875

Fun Fact 14: Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic damage to Louisiana in August  2005. It is considered to be one of the most deadliest of hurricanes to hit the US, with winds travelling up to 175 miles per hour, causing a storm surge of 6 meters (20 feet) high, an area covering 233,098 square kilometers (90,000 square miles) was affected. 1,577 people died in Louisiana alone, New Orleans was particularly affected by the hurricane and devastated by the floods that followed

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of Louisiana in 2012 was an estimated 4,601,893. This compares to a population of 2,363,880 in the 1940 census and 2,101,593 in the 1930 census

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