What is Louisiana?

It is a state within the United States of America.

The 18th state of the union, which resembles the shapes of a boot. It originally was purchased in 1803 from France as part of a large land acquisition called the Louisiana Purchase. The territory doubled the size of the United States and the study of the new land prompted the Journey of Discovery by Lewis and Clark in 1804-06.

Today, the Southern state's French culture is still evident -- from its legal system to blend of food that incorporates other cultures. It's largest city is New Orleans on the Gulf of Mexico.