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Mardi Gras Scenery, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1910
New Orleans is known for its Mardi Gras festivities, here's the Mardi Gras scene in 1910

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Louisiana Ratified a New State Constitution
December 8, 1879

Before Europeans settled in Louisiana, Native Americans had lived there for 16,000 years. Although the Spanish were the first Europeans to discover Louisiana, the French were the first to colonize the territory. French Canadians from the colony of Acadia sought refuge in Louisiana during the 1750s and 1760s after being driven out of Canada by the British. The Acadians' descendants, the "Cajuns," culturally dominate much of southern Louisiana. Today, New Orleans is a "melting pot" of French, Spanish, and African cultures, and hosts the colorful Mardi Gras festival each year.
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