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Louisiana was colonized by France and Spain before it was purchased by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The French culture is still alive in parts of Louisiana especially in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Louisiana in the Confederate War of Independence
Louisiana seceeded from the United States on January 26, 1861 and it briefly became the Republic of Louisiana. Louisiana is one of the seven original members of the Confederacy as Louisiana joined on February 4, 1861.