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Louisiana


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Origin of Name Louisiana was named for King Louis XIV of France by explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle. Area (rank) 48,523 sq mi (31st). Population (rank) 4,625,470 (25th). Capital Baton Rouge. First Permanent Settlement Natchitoches, in 1804. Admitted to Union (rank) April 30, 1812 (18th).
Important Dates in LouisianaImportant Dates in Louisiana
1541 Explored by Hernando de Soto. 1683 Claimed for France (and named) by Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle. May 2, 1803 Sold to the United States. April 30, 1812 Admitted to the Union as the 18th state.
News, 1959News from 1959
Jean LaffiteJean Laffite
was a pirate who once preyed on merchant ships in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1815, he and his men helped General Andrew Jackson defeat the British at the Battle of New Orleans.
Earl Kemp LongEarl Kemp Long
served as Governor of Louisiana three times. Known for eccentric behavior, he was briefly confined to a metal hospital during his third term.

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