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.
Located in northwest Louisiana, Mansfield is the parish seat of DeSoto Parish. The rural community near Shreveport-Bossier is popular among outdoorsmen for its many lakes and hunting locations. History buffs may want to learn more about the Battle of Mansfield, fought there during the Civil War. The discovery of the Haynesville Shale, one of the country’s largest natural gas fields, has been an economic boon for the region.