When Robert Cavelier del La Salle claimed the territory for France in 1682, he named it La Louisiane, meaning “Land of Louis” to honor the King of France, Louis XIV. French culture is still a big part of Louisiana’s culture although the French sold the territory to the United States in 1803. There are several cities that still link the French: Breaux Bridge (which is the Crawfish Capital of the World), the French Settlement, Lafayette, Baton Rouge Jean Lafitte (named after a French Pirate)… just to name a few. Mardi Gras, a tradition that originated in southern Europe, is still celebrated in New Orleans today.
Did you know? Mardi Gras colors are Purple, Gold and Green representing justice, power and faith.
Louisiana is our next featured state in our United States of Energy data series, ranked number 2 in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other US states averaging $8.98 Megawatts per hour. The major electric power plants in the state are coal, hydroelectric and natural gas. Louisiana ranks fourth among the states in crude oil production behind Texas, Alaska and California (excluding federal offshore areas, which produce more than any single state).
Louisiana has delicious food, good times with Mardi Gras and low electricity costs compared to the 52 states included in the United States of Energy data series… what’s not to love about it!