a rich and colorful past, Louisiana has always been a center of
European influence since the early days of exploration, when it
was first visited by the likes of Spanish explorer Hernando de
Soto in the 16th century.
years later, France became a major influence when Sieur de la Salle reached the
mouth of the Mississippi and laid claim to the region for Louis XIV.
French crown colony by the early 1700's, the area was traded back and forth in
the ensuing century between Spain and France - when Napoleon finally sold it off
to the U.S. in the Louisiana
Purchase of 1803.
Today, Cajun or "French with a Southern drawl" can still be heard in Louisiana most
heavily throughout the Mississippi Delta region and in Lafayette Cajun country. (While here, don't miss a step back in time with a visit to the Vermilionville Living History Museum for a close-up look at ol' French Louisiana.)
Top Louisiana attractions include the historic charm and jazzy nightlife of New Orleans,
authentic Cajun style cooking, and a trip back in time to Civil War-era plantation life.
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including Cajun language lessons, recipes to try, videos to watch,, photos, e-postcards,
as well as facts & information on where to go and what to see throughout Louisiana,
plus hotel & restaurant guides, special vacation deals & packages, weather