When was Louisiana founded?
Louisiana State history began in 1528 when the area was settled by the Spanish from the mouth of the Mississippi River. The French explorer La Salle came later in 1682 and named the territory Louisiana after King Louis the 14th. The French settlement of Natchitoches, established in 1714 is the oldest settlement in the State of Louisiana, founded primarily as a way to continue trade with the Spanish in Texas and keep the Spanish from making advances into the territory of Louisiana. The city of New Orleans history began in 1718 when it was founded by Frenchman Jean Baptiste Le Moyne as a port city for the transfer of goods coming into the Americas. It is named after the Duke of Orleans, Phillipe II, who was regent of France.