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Meet Louisiana-Part I

Mississippi River Bridge at New Orleans, Louisiana. Photographer –Daniel Duggan

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Meet Louisiana-Part I

“Louisiana, the most unique of America’s 50 states, is blessed with a rich history, diverse culture, and sub-tropical weather. It remains the primary jewel in the world’s best-ever real estate deal.”

I barely made it under the porch ceiling before the daily torrent of rain came crashing down. A typical summer afternoon in Louisiana includes at least one hard rain. Watching the rain has always been a pastime for me. It seems most of my childhood was spent watching rain in the sub-tropical climate of Louisiana. Today, I still rock back and forth in my rocking chair enjoying the cool temperatures that accompanies the rain. I watch the Spanish moss, draped over the limbs of a cypress tree, riding the wind like a kite-surfer. I often wonder what Louisiana looked like when Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle, claimed the territory around the mouth of the Mississippi River. He made the claim for King Louis XIV of France back in 1682. Louisiana’s history is as rich in flavors and colors as is a gumbo. Sit back and let me tell you a little bit about my unique home state.

Louisiana is easy to distinguish on the map of the United States. It is situated along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, is Texas’ eastern neighbor, and looks like a boot. Yes, that’s right, a boot, like the kind you wear on your feet. Throughout its colorful history, Louisiana has seen ten different flags wave over its landscape. Most people know it exchanged hands between the Spanish and French on more than one occasion. It also had the Union Jack of the British government fly overhead; mostly in areas north of Lake Ponchartrain, which is north of New Orleans. Louisiana was attractive to many foreign governments because it is home to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi River almost divides the United States along a north-south axis. It begins near the most northern point connecting with Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the tip southern edge of the continent draining into the Gulf of Mexico. Combined with its major tributaries, the Mississippi River drains 1.2 million square miles (3.1 million square kilometers) of the North American continent. Even the earliest explorers noted the river for its commercial potential. Initially moving agricultural products, manufactured goods, and people, the Mississippi River was one of the major arteries for economic prosperity. The United States gained its current control of the river in 1803 when President Thomas Jefferson negotiated the successful purchase of the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon, Emperor of France, for approximately $0.06 USD per acre.

The economic potential President Jefferson envisioned was realized. In Louisiana, the primary cash crops of indigo, cotton, and sugar (all of which love the hot and rainy climate!) was easily moved to foreign markets through the port of New Orleans. The oil and petrochemical industries were attracted to Louisiana because of the ability to easily move products between refineries and domestic and international markets.

Commercial industries were not the only beneficiaries of prosperity using the Mississippi River and Louisiana swamps. Pirates and privateers, like Jean Lafitte, also used the river and its tributaries for commercial gain by attacking ships and confiscating wares and goods aboard. Lafitte and his men would use torrential rains of Louisiana as a screen to evade the authorities. Later, he would become an American national hero when he helped General Andrew Jackson defeat the British during the Battle of New Orleans in 1812.

In my next article, I’ll continue to expound on a few more historical and fun facts about Louisiana.

Resources
http://louisiana.gov/Explore/About_Louisiana/
https://www.britannica.com/place/Mississippi-River
https://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/louisiana-purchase

Born and raised in South Louisiana, C Marshall Turner is a nom de plume for the author who currently resides in North Carolina. Servicing as a USMC officer for over 20 years, Turner now works in the financial industry. Attained an undergrad degree in English Literature from LSU, and business-related master degrees from Oklahama University and Pennsylvania State University. Has a passion for cooking Louisiana cuisine and researching the rich history of Louisiana culture.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Destiny R Moses

    January 28, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Awesome read! Louisiana is such an interesting place!

    • C. Marshall Turner

      January 30, 2018 at 7:15 am

      Thank you, Destiny. Louisiana is a wonderful place to visit.

  2. Sheetal

    January 29, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    discovered a new place ……very informative

    • C. Marshall Turner

      January 30, 2018 at 7:18 am

      Thank you for your comment, Sheetal. I hope you have the opportunity to visit Louisiana. I plan to post my next article about this wonderful state in the next few days.

  3. Priya Gote

    January 29, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Louisiana- what a beautiful state and wonderfully written.

    • C. Marshall Turner

      January 30, 2018 at 7:19 am

      Thank you for the compliments, Priya. I hope you enjoy my next article about this fascinating place.

  4. Diksha

    January 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Wow 😍 … this description of Louisiana makes me feel ‘loved’ with it 👍..

    • C. Marshall Turner

      January 30, 2018 at 7:21 am

      Diksha, thank you for the comment. I have only scratched the surface of sharing the treasures of this wonderful place. Please look for my next article on Louisiana.

  5. Vivek mahalpure

    January 31, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Awesome👌

  6. Vaibhav Lokhande

    January 31, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    After reading this article it makes me feel to visit louisiana to explore and to experience the vivid culture and heritage of the state.

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