The people of south Louisiana stem from many diverse and varied ethnic backgrounds. The cooking, music, dancing, and folklore of this region reflect their origins in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
The first Europeans to colonize south Louisiana were the French, who arrived in 1698. During the mid 1700's French settlers from Nova Scotia (Acadia) came to south Louisiana where they adopted a hunting and fishing existence and came to be known as Cajuns (a corruption of Acadian).
During the next century, many additional ethnic groups came to south Louisiana. Some of these joined with the Cajuns in developing a unique culture intimately bound to the natural history of the swamp. As you pass through the exhibit and learn about the natural history of the swamp, you will see how the history of man in south Louisiana revolved around the abundant plant and animal life of this lush, fertile environment.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 55.177′ N, 90° 7.826′ W. Marker is in
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trenasse Cutter (a few steps from this marker); The Original Teddy Bear (a few steps from this marker); The Flood of 1927 (within shouting distance of this marker); Boré Plantation - Audubon Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Audubon Zoo's Whooping Crane Legacy (approx. ¼ mile away); Audubon Zoo (approx. ¼ mile away); Classic Designs (approx. 0.4 miles away); DeDroit Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
More about this marker. Located within the Audubon Zoo, at entrance to Louisiana Exhibit.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 7, 2018.