Get facts and photos about the 18th state.

People first arrived in the area now called Louisiana around 12,000 years ago. During its history Native American tribes lived on the land including the Atakapa, Choctaw, Chitimacha, Natchez, and Tunica lived on the land.

Louisiana Barry the bald eagle heads to the swamps and cities of the state of Louisiana. Along with MC Pel, an eastern brown pelican, they tour one of the United States's most famous cultural capitals: New Orleans. Then they check out the Mississippi River Delta—all the while steering clear of those pesky alligators!