St. Landry Parish

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St. Landry Parish, one of the oldest European settlements in Louisiana, has a fascinating history and culture. By the 15th century, the Appalousa Indians were known to be in residence. In 1720, the French established le Poste des Opelousas. Traditionally an area of settlement by French Creoles and Acadians, the parish was named for St. Landry, an early bishop of Paris. In the late 1700s, les gens de couleur libres (free people of color) began arriving to take advantage of Spanish land grants. Soon, the government post developed into a commercial center. In the present-day parish, Native American, European, African, and Acadian cultures have melded for almost three centuries to produce world-famous zydeco music, great food, and welcoming people. It celebrates its heritage at the Creole Heritage Folklife Center, one of the destinations on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.
ISBN: 9781467110709
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Louisiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 227
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The authors are regional activists who are passionate about cultural preservation. Warren Perrin, a Lafayette attorney and founder of the Acadian Museum, was president of CODOFIL for 16 years. Patrick C. Morrow, recognized since 2008 as one of Louisiana's “Super Lawyers,” is a native of Arnaudville. Phillip Andrepont, president of Andrepont Printing of Opelousas, has served as president of the Opelousas Jaycees and the Yambilee Association.
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