Louisiana or ‘New France’ was named after Louis XIV, the King of France during 1643-1715. Once part of the Louisiana Territory, it reached from New Orleans to the Canadian border. The territory was bought from Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803 by the United States and was called the Louisiana Purchase. Today, the state is bordered by Texas to the west, to the north by Arkansas, to the east by Mississippi, and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico.
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