Louisiana has the most colorful history of any state and of many countries. Beginning long before the Louisiana Purchase, our state took shape in prehistoric times. We have had a past of many battles, on the battlefield and in the political arena. Louisiana's architecture is a lasting impression of French and Spanish rule. Today, there are many reminders of the past in our museums, plantations, historic sites and attractions.
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.