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The mist-shrouded swamps, the prairies of Acadiana and the grey Spanish moss cascading from the old trees all add up to the special feeling that is Louisiana. The streets here are filled with an eclectic mix of people whose ideas, tastes and roots translate into the cuisines, music and art that characterize the Pelican State. Louisiana features a multicultural, multilingual history, influenced by the people who make up the state.

The people of Louisiana came from France, Spain, Haiti, French Canada, the Caribbean, Africa and Vietnam. While there is no official state language, the state constitution acknowledges “the right of the people to preserve, foster, and promote their respective historic, linguistic, and cultural origins.”