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Offical Names Etat de Louisiane, State of Louisiana
Nicknames Child of the Mississippi, Creole State, Pelican State, Sportsman's Paradise, Sugar State, Bayou State
Abbreviations LA, USLA
Origin of Name Named after King Louis XIV of France

Official Languages De Facto: English, French
Admission to Union April 30 1812
Time Zone Central
Official Web Site www.louisiana.gov

Capital Baton Rouge
Largest City Baton Rouge
Population 4,468,976 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: seafood, cotton, soybeans, cattle, sugarcane, poultry and eggs, dairy products, rice

Industry: chemical products, petroleum and coal products, food processing, transportation equipment, paper products, tourism

Area 51,885 square miles (134,382 km2)
Major Rivers Atchafalaya River, Ouachita River, Red River, Sabine River, Mississippi River
Major Lakes Calcasieu Lake, Catahoula Lake, Grand Lake, Lake Maurepas, Toledo Bend Reservoir, White Lake, Lake Pontchartrain
Highest Point Driskill Mountain - 535 feet (163 meters)
Bordering States Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water Gulf of Mexico

Flag Louisiana Flag
Motto Union, justice and confidence
Songs You are my sunshine and Give Me Louisiana
Song - March Louisiana My Home Sweet Home
Song - Environmental The Gifts of Earth
Mammal American Black Bear
Dog Catahoula Leopard Dog
Bird Brown Pelican
Insect Honeybee
Saltwater Fish Sac-au-Lait
Freshwater Fish Spotted Sea Trout
Amphibian Green Tree Frog
Reptile American Alligator
Crustacean Crawfish
Fossil Petrified Palmwood
Flower Magnolia
Wildflower Louisiana Iris
Fruit Strawberry
Vegetable Sweet Potato
Vegetable Plant Louisiana Tomato
Tree Bald Cypress
Beverage Milk
Jellies Mahaw Jelly and Louisiana Sugar Cane Jelly
Meat Pie Natchitoches Meat Pie
Gemstone Agate
Soil Ruston
Musical Instrument Diatonic Accordion
Tartan Louisiana State Tartan
Colors Gold, White, Blue

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