Fun Facts of Louisiana

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  1. You Are My Sunshine” is one of the two official state songs
  2. Tabasco sauce comes from Avery Island
  3. Atchafalaya Basin is the world’s largest freshwater river basin
  4. It is the only state in the United States that has parishes instead of counties
  5. “Bayou” is French for “slow moving river”
  6. Baton Rouge has the tallest capital building in the United States
  7. The state law still refers to the Napoleonic Code
  8. Biting a person with one’s natural teeth is a “simple assault.” Biting a person with one’s false teeth is an lousy2 “aggravated assault”
  9. The colours of Mardi Gras are: purple (justice), gold (power) and green (faith)
  10. The Gardens of American Rose Center in Shreveport is the largest park dedicated to roses in America
  11. The 1803 Louisiana Purchase by the U.S. from France cost $15 million. Thirteen states were carved out of its territory that stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border

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