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Maritime-Related National Parks in Louisiana
- Our country's landscape is rich and mysterious.?It is filled with twisting bayous, river,s and America's largest river swamp. We have fields of sugar cane and cotton, ancient live oaks, and towering cypress.?Alligators, raccoons, and even bears roam our lands while 270 species of birds take to our skies.?From our waters come catfish, shrimp, oysters, and the crawfish that make us so well known.
- The Cane River region is home to a unique culture, the Creoles. The nearly three hundred-year relationship between the Cane River Creoles and their homeland was shaped by the river. This relationship was tested by flood, drought, war, and numerous other obstacles. Luckily, their resilience and resourcefulness has allowed the Creole culture to endure and thrive.
- More than 300 years of history are etched into the rural landscape of colonial forts, plantations, churches, cemeteries, and homes that comprise Cane River National Heritage Area. Historically, this region lay at the intersection of the French and Spanish realms in the New World, with the town of Natchitoches originating as an important 18th-century trading center.
- In Jean Lafitte's day, silver and gold filled a pirate's treasure chest, but today's treasures are people, places, and memories. Discover New Orleans' rich cultural mix. Learn Cajun traditions from people who live them. Watch an alligator bask on a bayou's bank. Walk in the footsteps of the men who fought at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.
Are you interested in other historic maritime resources in Louisiana? We have information about historic lighthouses and light stations.