Louisiana became the 18th state on April 30th 1812. Louisiana is commonly known as the Pelican state which is also the state bird.
Origin of state's name: The states name was given in honor of French King Louis XIV
Population: Louisiana has a population in excess of 4.4 million people based on the last census of 2000.
Driver's license information, applications, testing requirements, Driver's manuals and testing locations can all be found on the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles website.
Capital City: The capital city of Louisiana is Baton Rouge and the state is surrounded by several other states including Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. The state has approximately 400 miles of coastline.
Economy: The state is famous for its seafood and fishing is one of the major sources industries as is cattle and dairy production, poultry and egg production and cotton growing. The state is also famous for its coal mines which provide many jobs with food production, chemical production and tourism the other major industries driving the states economy.
State Bird: The state bird is the Brown Pelican. The Brown Pelican is really a bird that likes salt water and warm climate and it is rarely found too far north of Louisiana. The Brown Pelican is often considered to be clumsy and slow on land and very graceful in flight.
State Flower: The state flower is the beautiful Magnolia which has small, numerous creamy white flowers with an intoxicating fragrance in springtime when the tree blooms.
State Song: The state song is "Give Me Louisiana" by D. Fontane which sings about the state flower, the Magnolia and the cotton growing in the state.
State Motto: The sate motto is "Union, Justice and Confidence"