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Louisiana History: Home

This guide presents selected resources about the history of Louisiana which are available through the Delgado Community College Libraries and open access websites.


This guide is an organized gateway for research on Louisiana history. Start here to search for books, articles, images, and other media. It also introduces a variety of key journals, archives and websites. See Delgado's History Classes for more information. 

Date of Statehood: April 30, 1812
Capital: Baton Rouge
Population: 4,533,372 (2010 census)
Land Size: 43,562 sq mi. (112,826 sq km)
Nickname(s): Pelican State; Sportsman’s Paradise
Motto: Union, Justice, Confidence
Origin of Name: In honor of Louis XIV of France
Song(s): “Give Me Louisiana” and “You Are My Sunshine”
Tree: Bald Cypress
Flower: Magnolia
Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican

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