Largest Cities in Louisiana
Louisiana (abbreviated La. or LA), state of the southern United States at the mouth of the Mississippi, at 123,677 km². Louisiana has about 4.5 million inhabitants, and its capital is Baton Rouge. A large part of the white inhabitants are descendants of French colonists or refugees.
The climate is of a humid, subtropical nature. For the most part, the state includes lowlands with swamps, lakes and large forests. There is a lot of farming in Louisiana, because the state is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the United States and the second largest of rice, in addition to growing soybeans, cotton and corn.
Louisiana is also one of the major producers of oil, natural gas and sulfur in the country. In addition, there is the wood industry, paper industry and chemical industry. Many inland waterways facilitate transport in the swamp area. Important port cities are New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
The Mississippi Valley was declared French in 1682 and was named Louisiana after Louis XIV. In 1762, France ceded the area west of the Mississippi to Spain, but they got the area back in 1800 and sold it to the United States in 1803. In 1763, the area east of the river was ceded to Great Britain. The whole area was in 1793 under American rule, and it was a state from 1812. Louisiana is called Pelican State and Sugar State.
Biggest Cities of Louisiana by Population