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L'Hermitage Plantation

L'Hermitage Plantation in Darrow, Louisiana, stands as a nearly 200 year-old classical revival style home. Read »

La Salle Expeditions

René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, led two expeditions in search of the Mississippi River's outlet to the Gulf of Mexico for France under King Louis XIV. Read »

La Salle, René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de

French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, is perhaps best known for giving the region and ultimately the state its name: Louisiana. Read »

LaCava, James

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Laclotte, Jean-Hyacinthe

Jean-Hyacinthe Laclotte is best remembered for his painting of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. Read »

Laffite, Jean and Pierre

Of all the storied characters in Louisiana's early history, two brothers—Jean and Pierre Laffite—rank among the most notorious and noteworthy. Read »

Lafon, Barthélémy

Barthélémy Lafon enjoyed a long and diverse career in Louisiana as an architect, builder, engineer, surveyor, cartographer, town planner, land speculator, publisher, and pirate. Read »


“Lagniappe” is a vernacular word used in New Orleans to refer to a complimentary giveaway in a retail environment. Read »

Lake, Miranda

New Orleans artist Miranda Lake works in the medium of encaustic, an ancient practice that blends beeswax with pigment. Read »

Lakefront Airport

In order to accommodate seaplanes as well as land-based craft, New Orleans's Lakefront Airport was built on land dredged from Lake Pontchartrain to create a site that projects into the lake. Read »

Lalaurie, Delphine

Delphine Macarty Lalaurie, of antebellum New Orleans, was notorious for the cruel treatment the people she enslaved. Read »

Landry, Pierre Joseph

Pierre Joseph Landry was a self-taught woodcarver whose works evolved from simple figures to elaborate allegorical pieces. Read »

Late Twentieth-Century Louisiana

Louisiana entered the 1960s behind the national curve in postwar development but poised for dramatic progress. Read »

Latimer, Clay

Attorney and feminist activist Clayton, or Clay, Latimer was instrumental in many of the reforms achieved by the modern women’s rights movement in Louisiana. Read »

Latrobe, Benjamin

American architect Benjamin Latrobe designed plans for the US Capitol and other buildings. He came to New Orleans to develop waterworks and wrote about the city in his journal. Read »

Laughlin, Clarence John

Clarence John Laughlin was one of New Orleans’s most renowned twentieth-century photographers and, at the same time, among the least understood. Read »

Laussat, Pierre Clément de

As the highest French civilian official in Louisiana, Pierre Clement de Laussat ceded control of the territory to the United States as a result of the Louisiana Purchase. Read »

Laveau, Marie

Marie Laveau was a free woman of color born in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Laveau assumed the leadership role of a multiracial religious community for which she gave consultations and held ceremonies. During her time, she was known as “The Priestess of the Voudous” among many other colorful titles. Read »

Lawrence, John

As a photographer and curator, John Lawrence has played a major role in the New Orleans photographic community for more than thirty years. Read »

Layton Castle

Layton Castle, a rambling, maze-like brick home built in 1814, is an architectural landmark in Monroe, Louisiana. Read »