Louisiana is inspirational. Louisiana was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on April 30, 1812. Louisiana has several nicknames. The official nickname is Pelican State. Many people use Child of the Mississippi, Creole State, The Boot, or another nickname to refer to the state. Louisiana is in the southern region of the United States. It is bordered by Mississippi and the Mississippi River to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the south, Texas to the west, and Arkansas to the north. The Mississippi River borders the east side of the state before its course travels through a southern portion of the state and empties into the Gulf of Mexico.
Louisiana has a rich history. Louisiana was inhabited by many Native American tribes before European exploration and settlement. To this day, four Native American tribes are federally recognized as residents, ten are recognized by the state, and four additional tribes are awaiting recognition. During the 18th century Louisiana was influenced by French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Louisiana and the surrounding area was a French colony and a Spanish colony for time periods before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Many African slaves were imported during the 18th century. Many came from the same area in West Africa, so their culture has impacted the area.
The geography of Louisiana is divided into the uplands and alluvial. The alluvial region contains low swamp lands, bayous, coastal marshlands, and beaches. The upland region contains prairies, woodlands, hills, and mountains. There are over 4,000 miles of navigable waterways in Louisiana. Rivers and streams traverse both regions of the state.
Louisiana has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and short, mild winters. Rain occurs throughout the year with the summer having frequent rains. Tropical cyclones, tornados, and hurricanes do occur in the state. Thunderstorms are frequent.
There is high biological diversity in the state. Louisiana has areas protected by the National Park Service, a Unites States National Forest, state parks, state historic sites, a state preservation area, a state forest, Nature Conservancy areas, and many Wildlife Management Areas. Rivers, streams, and bayous are protected by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as well.
Louisiana is known as a small business friendly state. Its agricultural products include seafood, cotton, soybeans, cattle, sugarcane, poultry, eggs, dairy products, and rice. Chemical products, petroleum and coal products, processed foods and transportation equipment, and paper products are part of the state’s industry. The Port of South Louisiana is one of the busiest shipping ports in the world. Tourism and the film industry are thriving industries in Louisiana.
People visit Louisiana to take swamp tours and see the vegetation and animal life, such as alligators. The Creole culture attracts people as well. The Creole Culture combines aspects of French, Spanish, African, and Native American cultures. Creoles, Cajuns, and Spanish descendant Islenos all impact the culture of Louisiana. From language to cuisine variety has been built in. Be inspired! Have a bright day!