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The 18th state in the USA, admitted on April 30, 1812.

The Louisiana Territory was purchased from the French by the United States in 1803 for $15 million. Louisiana become a state on April 30, 1812. There are many interesting facts about this state that set it apart from other states. For one, Louisiana doesn't have counties; instead its subdivisions are called parishes. Also, Louisiana is known for its state capitol; it is the tallest state capitol in the United States. The building has 34 floors and is 450 feet tall. Many bayous, which are slow-moving streams or rivers, can be found across the state. Crawfish, shrimp, shellfish, catfish and alligators can be found in the bayous. Louisiana is also known for its unique style of food such as Gumbo and Jambalaya. Many people in Louisiana are referred to as Cajuns, consisting of the descendants of French-speaking settlers, and Creoles, descendants from a combination of various backgrounds such as the colonial French settlers, African-Americans and Native Americans. The weather is hot and humid in the summer, with occasional snow in the winter.

Some facts about Louisiana:

State Abbreviation: LA
Population: 4,533,372
Area: 51,840 square miles
State Nickname: The Pelican State
State Motto: Union, justice, et confidence
State Capital: Baton Rouge
Largest City: New Orleans
Official Web Site: http://www.louisiana.gov/


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