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Celebrating 200 years in La.

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Last week and this we share some historical facts leading to the 200th anniversary of Louisiana as the 18th state of the U.S.

United States law required that a territory apply to the Congress for admission as a state. Many pushed very hard for admission. Julien Poydras (the name of the street upon which the Saints reside) and Edward Livingston lobbied then Gov. William C.C. Claiborne to push for statehood. In 1811, President Madison signed the law that allowed Louisiana to convene and adopt a constitution. At the convention, there were 43 delegates, both American and “Creole.” As far back as then Louisiana involved those who were not totally “mainstream.”

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