The site of the oldest known Louisiana civilization is Poverty Point in
West Carroll Parish, where an Indian village existed 2, 700 years ago.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, with a length of 23.87 miles, is the
world's longest bridge built entirely over water.
In Louisiana, local governmental units, known elsewhere as counties,
are called parishes. Originally they were church units set up by the
Spanish provisional governor of Louisiana in 1669.
Most of the older buildings of the French Quarter are actually
Spanish. Following a devastating fire in 1788, the Spanish government
rebuilt much of New Orleans in their native country's architectural
Louisiana is America's second largest producer of natural gas. It
supplies one-third of the total U.S. production.
Louisiana has 2,482 islands, covering nearly 1.3 million acres.
Nationally, this ranks the state third in total islands and second in
total island acreage.
Baton Rouge was the site of the only battle fought outside of the
original 13 colonies during the American Revolution. On September 21,
1779, forces friendly to the American side captured Baton Rouge from
Louisiana produces more furs (1.3 million pelts a year) than any
other state. The catch includes nutria, muskrat. mink, otter and
Avery Island's salt mine was discovered in 1862, making it the oldest
in the Western Hemisphere.
Louisiana is the largest producer of oysters in the United States.
The total impact of this fishery to Louisiana's economy is estimated
to be 170 million dollars.
Louisiana has had 11 constitutions since entering the Union.
The seven principle freshwater sport fish of Louisiana are the
largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, bream, white bass, catfish
and striped bass.
Louisiana's government has operated from five different capital
cities throughout its history: New Orleans, Donaldsonville,
Opelousas, Shreveport and Baton Rouge.
Louisiana contains more than 6,084 square miles of water surface!
Louisiana is the nation's largest handler of grain for export to
world markets. More than 40 percent of the U.S. grain exports move
through Louisiana ports.
Louisiana contains forty-one percent of the coastal marshlands in the
Louisiana leads the nation in the production of crawfish with approximately
100 million pounds of crawfish per year. About half of the production comes
from the Atchafalaya Basin and half from an extensive aquaculture system
which involves some 135,000 acres of ponds throughout the state.