4-18 The State of Louisiana

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The great state of Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union on April 30, 1812.  Louisiana was named by the French explorer Sieur de La Salle in 1682 to honor King Louis XIV (14) of France.  The capital is Baton Rouge.  The city of New Orleans is 8 feet below sea level.  The first inhabitants of Louisiana were the Native Americans.  There were over 20 tribes of Indians located in Louisiana.  The first Europeans to find Louisiana were the Spanish.  The French were the first ones to settle in the rugged lands of Louisiana.

Emblem/Symbol Name of Emblem/Symbol Adopted
Motto "Union, Justice, and Confidence"  
Nickname Sportsman's Paradise (previously - Pelican State)  
State Seal 1902
State Bird Brown Pelican 1966
State Flower Magnolia 1900
State Song "Give me Louisiana"

"You are my Sunshine"



State Tree Bald Cypress 1963
State Flag 1912
State Insect Honeybee 1977
State Fruit Strawberry 1980
State Dog Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog 1979
State Mammal Black Bear 1992
State Gemstone Agate 1976
State Freshwater Fish White Perch 1993
State Saltwater Fish Spotted Sea Trout 2001
State Amphibian Green Tree Frog 1993
State Crustacean Crawfish 1983
State Reptile Alligator 1983

Complete the questions below.

1.  Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union on April 30, .

2.  The state mammal is the .

3.  Louisiana was named by the French explorer in 1682.

4.  The state reptile is the .

5.  The Agate is the state .

6.  The state tree is the .

7.  The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard is the state .

8.  The state freshwater fish is the .

9.  The first inhabitants of Louisiana were the .

10.  The Crawfish is the state .



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