Louisiana Purchase and Western Exploration Routes Map

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Maps.com's Louisiana Purchase and Western Exploration Routes map, 1804-1807, clearly illustrated wall map covers the 1804-1806 Lewis & Clark expedition from St. Louis in Indiana Territory through the Louisiana Purchase area. This type of map may have details such as the sides that fought in a war, or the territory that was gained in a battle. A history map also shows territories in that were taken over in a certain period, paths that explorers blazed or even areas that played a part in notable times- such as The California Gold Rush.

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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Louisiana

Situated in the Deep South, Louisiana, the "Pelican State," has a colorful history and was named in honor of King Louis XIV. A strong French influence is still evident throughout the state--its capital city is named Baton Rouge, French for "red stick," because the French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville visited the area in 1699 and observed a red cypress post. Today the city of New Orleans is known for its Mardi Gras and jazz festivals.

   Miscellaneous    Louisiana

State Flower: Magnolia

State Motto: Union, justice, and confidence

State Nickname: Pelican State

State Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican

   Geography    Louisiana

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 43,562

Length: 380 miles

Width: 130 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. New Orleans, 343,829
  2. Baton Rouge, 229,493
  3. Shreveport, 199,311
  4. Metairie CDP, 138,481
  5. Lafayette, 120,623
  6. Lake Charles, 71,993
  7. Kenner, 66,702
  8. Bossier City, 61,315
  9. Monroe, 48,815
  10. Alexandria, 47,723

Geographic Center: 3 miles southeast of Marksville

Geographic Center County: Avoyelles Parish

Highest Point: 535 ft. — Driskill Mt.

Lowest Point: 8 ft. below sea level — New Orleans

Number of counties: 64 (parishes)

State forests: 1 (8,000 ac.)

State parks: 22 (30,191 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 104.1

   People    Louisiana

Population, 2010: 4,533,372
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 1.4%
Population, 2000: 4,468,972
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2010: 6.9%
Persons 16 years old and over, percent, 2010: 78.2%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2010: 12.3%
Female persons, percent, 2010: 51%

White persons, percent, 2010: 62.6%
Black persons, percent, 2010: 32.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010: 0.7%
Asian persons, percent, 2010: 1.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010: Z
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 1.6%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010: 4.2%
White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2010: 60.3%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 83.7%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 3.1%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 8.40%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 80.50%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 20.60%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 322,283
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 25

Housing units, 2010: 1,964,981
Homeownership rate, 2010: 67.2%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 17.60%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $121,300

Households, 2010: 1,728,360
Average household size, 2010: 2.55
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $22,535
Median household income, 2009: $42,460
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 17.60%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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