Datebook: April 30 - Louisiana Becomes 18th State 200 Years Ago

Apr 30, 2012

Even though Louisiana is a popular target for natural disasters, it's not hard to see why people have been drawn to the beautiful, rugged wetlands of the Bayou State for thousands of years. First, the Native Americans, then French and West African slaves formed the Creole culture, then the Cajun culture was brought by Spanish immigrants. The Louisiana Purchase was a huge acquisition of land by President Thomas Jefferson, which held France's claim to the territory of Louisiana paid for 60 million francs and a cancelation of debts, for a total of $15 million dollars (roughly $233 million today). Louisiana became a state on April 30, 1812. New Orleans soon became a major trade center for the South, the third largest city in the United States, and the biggest slave market in the country. After the purchase, Napoleon Bonaparte stated, "This accession of territory affirms forever the power of the United States, and I have given England a maritime rival who sooner or later will humble her pride."

It’s Monday, April 30

Pumpkin expert David Meeks will give a free class on growing pumpkins and gourds.  The class is open to the public and will be held tomorrow afternoon at 5 at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 2705 Olivet Church Road. 

There’s a SpringTINI party on Market House Square tomorrow night from 5:30 to 8:30.  Proceeds benefit Patient Services at Heartland Cares.  Local restaurants will offer tastings, and a silent auction will feature items from local businesses.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at  Must be 21 or older to attend.

There’s a Key Leader Weekend this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Camp Lakeshore in Eva, Tennessee.  Outstanding students between the ages of 14 and 18 can develop their leadership skills during a weekend of interactive group activities.  The cost is $200 for Key Club members or $225 for non-members.  Register at

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