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Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America. Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are local governments equivalent to counties...
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1682
4.9.1682
Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana.
1736
5.26.1736
Battle of Ackia: British and Chickasaw soldiers repel a French and Choctaw attack on the Chickasaw village of Ackia, near present-day Tupelo, Mississippi. The French, under Louisiana governor Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, had sought to link Louisiana with Acadia and the other northern colonies of New France.
1755
7.25.1755
British governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council order the deportation of the Acadians. Thousands of Acadians are sent to the British Colonies in America, France and England. Some later move to Louisiana, while others resettle in New Brunswick.
1766
3.5.1766
Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans.
1804
3.10.1804
Louisiana Purchase: In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States.
1812
4.30.1812
The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.
6.4.1812
Following Louisiana's admittance as a U.S. state, the Louisiana Territory is renamed the Missouri Territory.
1861
1.26.1861
American Civil War: The state of Louisiana secedes from the Union.
1872
12.9.1872
In Louisiana, P. B. S. Pinchback becomes the first serving African-American governor of a U.S. state.
1935
9.8.1935
US Senator from Louisiana, Huey Long, nicknamed "Kingfish", is fatally shot in the Louisiana capitol building.
9.8.1935
US Senator from Louisiana, Huey Long, nicknamed "Kingfish", is fatally shot in the Louisiana capitol building.
2005
8.28.2005
Hurricane Katrina begins to make landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi in the afternoon, and brings the most severe damage to Slidell and New Orleans.
8.29.2005
Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $80 billion in damage.
9.24.2005
Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.