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History & Heritage in Louisiana

One facet of Louisiana that makes it such an appealing visitor destination is its deep and colorful history.

European explorers found their way to the Louisiana region and inhabited the area very early relative to the settlement of much of the rest of the continent. As a result, some communities in Louisiana are among the oldest in the United States. Before those explorers arrived, the Choctaw and Chitimacha tribes populated the region. Reaching still farther back in time, ancient peoples left their mark on the area thousands of years ago.

The state of Louisiana offers many ways to explore the region’s rich history, in hundreds of museums, historic structures, landmarks, artifacts and works of art. The careful preservation and restoration of these sites and artifacts has created many rare opportunities for visitors to experience Louisiana’s history and gain insights into the diverse cultures that continue to influence the state today.

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