Louisiana History
William C. C. Claiborne
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William Charles Cole Claiborne was born in 1775 in Sussex County, Virginia and eventually became Louisiana’s first elected governor in 1812. His father was Colonel William Claiborne who was descended from a distinguished

 
THE BATTLE OF PORT HUDSON
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During the early years of the Civil War (1861-1865) the Union leadership recognized the importance of gaining control of the Mississippi River in order to achieve the “anaconda” effect of strangling the Southern forces

 
LAST ISLAND-AUGUST 10, 1856
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In the mid 19th Century many well-to-do residents of New Orleans and Acadiana discovered the barrier island known as Isle Derniere (Last Island) to be a welcomed retreat from the hot humid climate of many inland cities. Although

 
GERMANS MOVE INTO SOUTH LOUISIANA
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I wonder how many Louisiana natives and visitors have searched for the German Coast along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The area known as the German Coast was in fact, along a coast; however in the sense that the word coast

 
SUGARCANE IN LOUISIANA
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Through research it was discovered that the Polynesians were the first to derive sugar from sugarcane plants during the 4th Century AD. Because of its value to people in that part of the world, it’s presence was only shared

 
SOPHIE B. WRIGHT
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One of the most significant women in New Orleans history during the late 19th and early 20th century was instrumental in bringing education to those less fortunate; individuals who would have otherwise been overlooked in traditional

 
BARONESS PONTALBA
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So many of us, beginning as young children, have walked through Jackson Square in the French Quarter perhaps drawn to the St. Louis Cathedral, statue of Andrew Jackson on horseback, the artists and mimes, and the mule-drawn carriages

 
THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM
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Originally named the D-Day Museum at its founding in 2000, this now 70,500 square feet museum in New Orleans is recognized as the U.S.’s official World War II museum. Telling the story in artifacts, personal histories, electronic

 
LOUISIANA HAYRIDE
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Many people who grew up in the 1950’s and 60’s might recall the name Louisiana Hayride. Radio station KWKH began broadcasting this popular Saturday night progam in 1948 at Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium

 
THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE
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In these days of economic uncertainty and a depressed real estate market, it’s somewhat refreshing to reflect back on the amazing deal negotiated on behalf of the United States by James Monroe. The year was 1803 and Monroe

 
PIROGUES
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Early French settlers of Louisiana quickly adopted the Carib Indian method of getting around in the shallow marsh and swamps. Waterways were the “roadways” of Louisiana and people depended upon an efficient method

 
LAURA PLANTATION- VACHERIE, LA
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About an hours drive upriver along the west bank of the Mississippi River, south of New Orleans, sits a rather unique plantation named Laura. Its uniqueness is derived from the fact that it is one of only about 15 still-standing

 
HOUMAS INDIAN TRIBE
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The year was 1686 when French explorer Robert LaSalle led his expedition down the Mississippi toward its mouth; a land to be named Louisiana. As he rounded a bend in the river about 30 miles north of what is now Baton Rouge,

 
CROWLEY, LOUISIANA
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The Louisiana Western railroad had finally completed freight and passenger train serve between New Orleans and Houston in 1881. Five years later in 1886, brothers C.C. and W.W. Duson with the financed-backed support of a group

 
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ST. FRANCISVILLE
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Reward yourself with visit to the enchanting Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville—an historic town located on a hill atop the Mississippi River, just north of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. You’ll be captivated

 
NOTTOWAY PLANTATION
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Sitting only 200′ from the banks of the Mississippi River just north of White Castle, Louisiana, is the majestic Nottoway Plantation. With over 53,000 square feet on three floors, this enormous architectural treasure represents

 
HUEY LONG (1893-1935)
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Huey Pierce Long was perhaps the most controversial and colorful state governor in US history. He was born on August 30, 1893 to poor Winnfield Parish farmers. He attended law school at Tulane University and after completing

 
THE STORY OF EVANGELINE
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How often have you enjoyed a book or movie where the story seemed so real that you assumed it may very well have happened? Or perhaps you’ve experienced a novel or film based on fact; taking place in an historical time

 
THE TABASCO STORY
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In 1841a fourth generation American of Scottish-Irish descent moved to New Orleans to begin a career in Banking. His name was Edmund McIlhenny. There he worked his way from bookkeeper to bank ownership, purchasing five branch

 
SPANISH MOSS
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My first recollection of this mysterious looking growth on the oak trees beyond the sugar cane fields behind our home was my mother cringing every time my younger brother Bob, would throw down another huge clump of moss from high

 
JEAN LAFITTE
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Jean Lafitte (1776-c.a.1825) was born in Bordeaux, France but ran away from home at an early age to crew on a British frigate. He was the oldest and most adventurous of three brothers. Jean served for a few years with the British

 
SHOTGUN HOUSES
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There are several interpretations as to what defines the shotgun house. The most common belief is that the architectural style originated in the West Indies and entered North American during the early 19th century. The first

 
LOUISIANA SUPERDOME
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On this date in 1971 the Louisiana Constitution created the Louisiana Superdome. Groundbreaking ceremonies took place that same year and construction was completed in 1975. After much debate over a proposed sight, the downtown

 
THE ACADIAN FLAG
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The flag you see on the right was adopted as the official flag of the Acadiana area by the Louisiana legislature in 1974. Louisiana’s Acadiana basically includes a triangular area of 22 southern parishes from Lafayette

 
THE LEGEND OF BAYOU TECHE
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Throughout Cajun Country visitors will find many interesting sights; and usually there are stories (some of which are legend and others actual fact) that become part of the culture. And if you happen to be visiting Breaux Bridge,...

 
HISTORY OF ENGLISH TURN
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For those who have visited or perhaps played this Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA golf course downriver from New Orleans, the history behind its name may be known; but for many others, why the area is called English Turn is still a

 
HUMOR—Boudreaux and The Test
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Boudreaux took a trip on a train from Shriever, Louisiana to Chicago to visit his second cousin once removed. He sat next to a well-dressed gentlemen and immediately struck up a conversation. After introductions, Boudreaux commented