With all due respect, you could combine every famous dish from every state in the nation and still not have as many as you’ll find in Louisiana.
One facet of Louisiana that makes it such an appealing visitor destination is its deep and colorful history. European explorers found their way to the region and inhabited the area very early relative to settlement of much of the rest of the continent. As a result, some communities in Louisiana are among the oldest in the United States. Before those explorers arrived, of course, people we now know as Native Americans populated the region. Reaching still farther back in time, ancient peoples left their mark on the area thousands of years ago. The state of Louisiana offers many ways to explore the region’s rich history, in hundreds of museums, historic structures, landmarks, artifacts and works of art. The careful preservation and restoration of these sites and artifacts has created many rare opportunities for visitors to experience Louisiana’s history and gain insights into the diverse cultures that continue to influence the state today.
Thinking of the antebellum plantations in Louisiana, the first images that come to mind are the mansions themselves. These typically huge, ornate and architecturally complex homes served as the living quarters and business hubs for extremely wealthy sugar and cotton planters. Envision the homes’ massive columns, exquisite landscaping and formal gardens, centuries-old live oak trees and tranquil settings on the Mississippi River and other major waterways. Any Louisiana traveler packing a camera is likely to capture one or more snapshots of the majestic manors’ facades.
Louisiana is a close to 50,000-square-mile boot-shaped tract of land on the Gulf of Mexico coast. But our state is a fraction of the original Louisiana Territory, acquired by a young and fledgling United States from France in 1803.
The Cajun culture in Louisiana (also known as Acadiana) is so different from the rest of Louisiana — and the U.S. in general!
It was May 1934, when a nationally notorious couple’s two-year spree of felonies and murders throughout the South and Midwest abruptly ended in a hailstorm of bullets in rural Bienville Parish.
As Old World civilizations built legacies such as Stonehenge and the Parthenon, construction crews were just as busy in the New World—in Louisiana to be precise.
Crews here were American Indians, working with dirt and baskets instead of rocks and cutting tools. People worked countless hours in the valleys of the Mississippi River and other Louisiana waterways, shaping earthen mounds that likely served residential and ceremonial purposes.
One of the most popular activities for Louisiana travelers is visiting antebellum plantation homes. The grand structures amaze visitors with stunning architecture, elaborate furnishings and tales of life and livelihood in Louisiana prior to the Civil War.