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is located in the state of Louisiana southern region of the United States of America. Its capital is Baton Rouge, and its largest city is New Orleans. As of the 2010 Census the New Orleans population was 343,800, an increase of 88,800 people since the Census Bureau's count in July 2006. The population within the city limits of Baton Rouge was 224,000 pre-Katrina and according to the Census Bureau the population increased to about 232,000 in the year following Katrina. Other data suggest that even with its many post-Katrina problems, New Orleans is repopulating faster than Baton Rouge.
Louisiana is the only state that is divided into
parishes; most other states are divided into counties. The largest parish by population is Jefferson Parish and largest by area is Terrebonne Parish ). The New Orleans metropolitan area is Louisiana's largest metropolitan area.
Louisiana has a unique multicultural and multilingual heritage. Originally part of New France, Louisiana is home to many speakers of
Louisiana French and Louisiana Creole French. African American and Franco-African, and Acadian, French / French Canadian form the two largest groups of ancestry in Louisiana's population. (read more . . . )
Cajun French is one of three varieties or dialects of the French language spoken primarily in the U.S. state of Louisiana, specifically in the southern parishes. Other Louisiana French dialects include Napoleonic French and Colonial or Plantation Society French, spoken primarily in Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John the Baptiste, Jefferson, West Bâton-Rouge, Pointe-Coupée, Avoyelles, St. Mary, Iberia and St. Landry parishes. Cajun French is not the same as Louisiana Creole.
It is usually presumed that Cajun French is almost solely derived from
Acadian French as it was spoken in the French colony of Acadia (located in what is now the Maritime provinces of Canada and in Maine). However the dialect also has influences from Quebec French, Louisiana Creole, Haitian Creole, Swiss French, Belgian French, as well as Parisian French.
Cajun differs from Parisian (or Metropolitan) French in pronunciation, vocabulary and
intonation (linguistics). (read more . . . )
Patricia Davies Clarkson (born December 29, 1959) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. Clarkson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Jackie Clarkson (a prominent local New Orleans politician and councilwoman) and Arthur Clarkson, a school administrator who worked at the Department of Medicine of Louisiana State University.
Clarkson starred in a series of high-profile films in her early career, including
, The Dead Pool Rocket Gibraltar and . She starred in the short-run Everybody's All-American television series Davis Rules, and in the miniseries . Other television appearances have included the role of "Aunt Sarah" in Alex Haley's Queen , for which she won two Six Feet Under Emmy Awards.
In 1999, she appeared in
, and in 2002 in The Green Mile . In 2003, she was nominated for the Far from Heaven Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for , in which she plays an acerbic mother dying of Pieces of April cancer. Clarkson garnered critical acclaim for her work in (2003). Some film enthusiasts note her talent as a The Station Agent character actor. (read more . . . )
the mayor of tiny Logansport, Louisiana, worked for 16 years to keep a new bridge over the Sabine River a high priority? ...More than one-half of the species of birds in North America are resident in Louisiana or spend a portion of their migration there?
...Louisiana has the greatest concentration of crude oil refineries, natural gas processing plants and petrochemical production facilities in the Western Hemisphere?
...Louisiana is the only state with a large population of
Cajuns, descendants of the Acadians who were driven out of Canada in the 1700s because they wouldn't pledge allegiance to the King of England? ...The town of
Jean Lafitte was once a hideaway for pirates? ...Because of its many bays and sounds, Louisiana has the longest coastline (15,000 miles) of any state and 41 percent of the nation's wetlands?
...Louisiana is the nation's largest handler of grain for export to world markets and that more than 40 percent of the U.S. grain exports move through Louisiana ports?
...The site of the oldest known Louisiana civilization is
Poverty Point in West Carroll Parish, where an Indian village existed 2, 700 years ago? ...Louisiana has 2,482 islands, covering nearly 1,300,000 acres (5,300 km
2)? ...The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, with a length of 23.87 miles (38.42 km), is the world's longest bridge built entirely over water?
...Baton Rouge was the site of the only battle fought outside of the original 13 colonies during the American Revolution?
...Louisiana produces more furs (1.3 million pelts a year) than any other state?
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