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Official Name: State of Louisiana
Name For: Louis XIV of Franch on April 9, 1682 by Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle
Nikename: Pelican State
Motto: "Union, Justice, and Confidence"
Admitted to the Union: April 30, 1812 as the 18th State.
Capital: Baton Rouge
Capitol: 450 feet, Tallest State Capitol in the Nationtion
Louisiana Day: April 30th
Oldest City: Natchitoches (oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase) established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis.
Geographic area: 51,840
Geographic Area Rank: 31
Highest Point: Driskill Mountain
Highest point Elevation feet: 535
Highest point Elevation Meters: 163
Lowest Point: New Orleans
Lowest Point Elevation feet: -8
Lowest Point Elevation Meters: -2

State Symbols

Pledge of allegiance: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the state of Louisiana and to the motto for which it stands: A state, under God, united in purpose and ideals, confident that justice shall prevail for all of those abiding here." , RS 49:167
Colors: Blue, White and Gold
Flower: Magnolia
Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
Tree: Bald Cypress
Wildflower: Louisiana iris (Giganticaerulea)
Mammal: Black Bear
Fossil: Petrified Palmwood
Gemstone: the cabochon cut gemstone, derived from the Crassostrea virginica mollusk predominantly found in the waters of coastal Louisiana., RS 49:163, Added by Acts 1976, No. 362, 1; Acts 2011, No. 232, 1 (Note from 1976 to 2011 the agate was the State Gemstone see Acts 1976, No. 362, 1)
Mineral: the agate, as found in Louisiana gravel, RS 49:163.1, Acts 2011, No. 232, 1. (Note from 1976 to 2011 the agate was the State Gemstone see Acts 1976, No. 362, 1)
Insect: Honeybee (Apis Mellifera)
Dog: Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
Fruit: Louisiana Strawberry
Crustacean: Crawfish
Reptile: Alligator
Amphibian: Green Tree Frog
Freshwater Fish: white perch (poxomis annularis, sac-au-lait)
Saltwater Fish: Speckled Trout (Cynoscion Nebulosus)
Musical Instrument: The "Cajun" Accordion
Painting: "Louisiana" by Johnny O. Bell and Johnny F. Bell
Drink: Milk
Jelly: 1. Mayhaw Jelly 2. Louisiana sugar cane jelly. "... Its use on official documents of the state hereby authorized...", RS 49:170.8
Meat Pie: Natchitoches Meat Pie
Cuisine: Gumbo "... Its use on official documents of the state hereby authorized...", RS 49:170.12
Vegetable: Sweet Potato
Vegetable Plant: Creole Tomato
Tartan: "...The pattern for the state tartan shall be defined by the repeating
half-sett of six black, six green, four white, twenty-two green, twenty-four black,
thirty-six blue, four black, and six white....", RS 49:170.6

State Songs and Poems

Song: Give Me Louisiana
Song ["shall also be"]: "You Are My Sunshine" by Jimmy H. Davis and Charles Mitchell
March Song: "Louisiana My Home Sweet Home" by Sammie McKenzie, Lou Levoy and Castro Carazo
Environmental Song: "The Gifts of Earth" by Frances LeBeau
State Song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita Recovery Effort: "Come Back to Louisiana", a musical composition with lyrics and music by Jay Chevalier and Bobby Attwood, RS 49:170.14, Acts 2006, No. 200, 1.
Judicial Poem: "America, We The People" by Sylvia Davidson Lott Buckley
Senate Poem: "Leadership" by Jean McGivney Boese
Cultural Poem: "I Am Louisiana," by Paul Ott, RS 49:155.6, Acts 2006, No. 200, 1.

Notable People

Jimmy H. Davis"the singing governor" (September 11, 1899 - November 5, 2000) Singer You Are My Sunshine 1931, Actor Riding Through Nevada 1942, Strictly in the Groove 1942, Frontier Fury 1943 Cyclone Prairie Rangers 1944, Louisiana 1947,Mississippi Rhythm 1949, Square Dance Katy 1950, Governor (1944-48;1960-64)

Kate Chopin ( February 8, 1850-August 22, 1904) Author At fault 1890, Bayou Folk 1894, A night in Acadie 1897 The Awakening1898

Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784-July 9, 1850) commander of the fort at Baton Rouge, the 12th President of the United States (1849-1850)

Official Name Web - The official website of the State of Louisiana

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Steven M. Tilley