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Cities of Louisiana

Louisiana is the 18th state incorporated in 1812 into the United States. Here intertwined cultures of colonists and indigenous people. The state nestled in the south of the country. His neighbors are Arkansas and Texas.


State history

Before XVI century Indians lived in the territory of Louisiana. But in 1539 here the Spaniard Hernando de Soto came forward with his expedition.

In 1682, the French came led by the Cavalier de La Salem. They declared the area their possession and began to colonize. The king of France approved it. But something went wrong.

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The colonists had a hard time: they were starving, were attacked by the Indians, and the climate was quite specific. In the last expedition, the people rebelled and killed La Salle. And life got better!

K 1718 residents founded the city of New Orleans. Half a century later, the British came to power, then the Spaniards, and then Napoleon Bonaparte came and Louisiana again became the possession of France. But not for long - after 3 years, it was sold to the United States, and by 1812 Louisiana became the 18th state of America.

Around the same time, the largest slave rebellion broke out. To freedom broke hundreds of slaves. They burned down buildings and attacked the planters. Although the rebellion was suppressed, he marked the beginning of changes in society.

Over the past 100 years, French refugees have flocked to Louisiana . Their descendants were called Kajuns. This name is still preserved.

Later, another social group appeared - Creoles. These are the natives of Louisiana, born of white men and black women. Such citizens received decent status in society, education and property. From Creoles went a special dialect in French.

Thanks to the fertile soil and the warm, humid climate, Louisiana developed as an agricultural center of the country. More sugar cane was harvested here, wherever. And through the port of New Orleans, international trade was conducted.

The civil war hit the state economy. Plantations and sea freight haulage were banished, slave labor was banned. Blacks began to massively leave the land.

Hurricanes with typhoons did not help either. Serious consequences were after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, due to which 100,000 people were evacuated, and 80% of New Orleans was flooded. The state after this did not immediately recover. Helped tourism and found in the 50s oil deposits.

Cities

Cities are characterized by an abundance of lakes, rivers and marshes. In Louisiana, a short and warm winter, hot summer with frequent thunderstorms, and windy autumn with hurricanes. There are five main cities, each with its own color.

New Orleans

New Orleans - the first largest city in the state. On an area of 906 km² lives 370 thousand people.

This is a city of jazz and carelessness. Full of adult entertainment, from nightclubs to casinos. Here in February and March the Mardi Gras carnival takes place.

We recommend to visit:

  • the historic center of the city is the French Quarter;
  • City Hall Sabildo New Orleans;
  • Botanical Garden, Art Museum and Oak Grove in City Park;
  • New Orleans Museum of Art.

Baton rouge

Baton Rouge is the second largest city in Louisiana after New Orleans. It occupies 204 km² , and lives in it 250 thousand people.

Much attention is paid to American football. The symbolism of the local LSU Tigers team is everywhere, and their fans have a million people. Some residents of New Orleans moved here after the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina.

We recommend to visit:

  • Old and New Capitol;
  • Shaw Center for the Arts;
  • excursion on the destroyer "Kidd";
  • Museum of rural life LSU Rural Life Museum.

Shreveport

Shreveport is the third largest city, with a population of 200 thousand people, 305 km². The city is famous for its abundance of casinos and low taxes on filming - blockbusters are often filmed here.

Previously, Shreveport had a good life for the oil owners - so that there are old mansions of officials, landowners and industrialists around.

We recommend to visit:

  • RW Norton Art Gallery;
  • Rose Garden American Rose Center;
  • Barksdale Global Power Museum;
  • Casino Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport.

Lafayette

Lafayette is the fourth largest city in the state. At 140 km² lives 120 thousand people. Residents love two things: eat and dance.

There are a lot of restaurants in Lafayette for every taste. Kajun and Creoles are served. Among the dishes can be caught, for example, crocodile stew.

Once a year at the end of April, an international music festival is held, which lasts 4 days.

We recommend to visit:

  • Vermilionville Living History Museum;
  • Lafayette Science Museum;
  • boat tour of the Martin swamp lake.

Kenner

Kenner is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, now holds the status of a suburb of New Orleans.

If you want to relax in a quiet place, Kenner will be a good choice. 67 thousand people live in it, and the total area of the city is 39 km².

We recommend to visit:

  • Pontchartrain Center;
  • Historic Rivertown;
  • Laketown Park;
  • volleyball complex Coconut Beach Volleyball Complex.
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