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The foundation of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, dates to 1721, at the site of a bâton rouge or "red pole" Muscogee boundary marker. It became the state capital of Louisiana in 1849. Contents. [hide]. 1 Prehistory; 2 Colonial period. 2.1 1699– 1763: French period; 2.2 1763–1779: British period; 2.3 1779–1810: Spanish period.


Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. It forms the parish seat of East Baton Rouge Parish and is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. As the capital city, Baton Rouge is the political hub for Louisiana, and is the second-largest city in ...


The second largest city in Louisiana, Baton Rouge was established as a military post by the French in 1719. The present name of the city, however, dates back to 1699, when French explorers noted a red cypress tree stripped of its bark that marked the boundary between Houma and Bayou Goula tribal hunting grounds.


City History: How Baton Rouge got it's name and more. In early 1699, a French expedition headed by Pierre le Moyne, whose title was Sieur d'Iberville, first saw the site on which the city of Baton Rouge is now located. On February 27, Iberville chose a party to explore the site. It included André Pénicaut, a ship's carpenter; ...


Jan 14, 2017 ... "So little of the old remains, in fact, that it is easy to forget that the city has had a long and colorful past," wrote Charles East in Mark Carleton's 1981 book "River Capital: an Illustrated History of Baton Rouge." The bicentennial celebration this year has preservationists like Sykes eager to make more people ...


Jul 6, 2016 ... Located on the first upriver bluff north of the Mississippi River Delta, the settlement of Baton Rouge - now a large city, is protected from flooding, hurricanes and natural disasters by its carefully chosen position.


Aug 19, 2012 ... Baton Rouge is the largest city and capital of Louisiana. Founded in 1719 by the French, it was the scene of battles during the American Revolution, West Florida revolution and Civil War. The seat of power for Huey P. Long, it is a city rich in history.


See Article History. Baton Rouge, city, capital of Louisiana, U.S., and seat (1811) of East Baton Rouge parish. Baton Rouge is a port situated at the head of deepwater navigation on the Mississippi River, in the southeast-central part of the state. The French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville visited the area in ...


Museums & History. Discover the hidden treasures of the Capitol City while immersing yourself in its rich history. Baton Rouge houses a number of interactive museums, with the Old Governor's Mansion, Capitol Park Museum and the Louisiana Art and Science Museum—just to name a few. Each of these museums house a ...