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Plantation Time

Louisiana plantations in the second half of the 19th century were very much in a self-sufficient economy.  Since it took at least a week either by horse and buggy carriage along the river road, or more commonly by steamboat, to get to and from the market, they...

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Swamps in the Fall

People often ask:Is it fun to do a swamp tour in the bayou in the fall and in the winter? And the answer is: yes of course! You may see fewer alligators and snakes because reptiles slow down, hide, and begin to hibernate when the temperature is below 70 degrees, but...

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History of the Napoleon House

Did you know Napoleon Bonaparte never stepped foot inside of the French Quarter home that adopted his name? Now a famous bar/restaurant and registered National Historic Landmark, the Napoleon House was first occupied by Nicholas Girod, mayor of New Orleans from...

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Creole versus Cajun

People often get confused between Cajuns and Creoles, or even use the terms interchangeably without knowing what the difference is! While both peoples have a strong influence of French ancestry, they are distinguished primarily by their migration history. Cajun refers...

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