Spring of 1864 was one of the Civil War’s bloodiest. The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, second only to Gettysburg in casualties, occurred in May that year.
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.
In 1714, traveling up the Red River on his way from present-day Alabama to Mexico, French-Canadian trader Louis Antoine Juchereau de St.
Fort Jesup State Historic Site sits deep in the rural country between the Louisiana Purchase’s oldest city, Natchitoches, and the trophy fish-rich waters of Toledo Bend Reservoir.
About 30 miles north of Baton Rouge, in the rolling hills of East Feliciana Parish, are the remains of what was once Centenary College.
Before John James Audubon became associated with the environmental organization, zoo, park and aquarium that bears his name, he was a wildlife painter with a keen
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.
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 is so different from the rest of Louisiana — and the U.S. in general!