Southwestern Louisiana

Southwestern Louisiana includes Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermillion parishes.  The largest city in the region is Lafayette, followed closely by Lake Charles.  Many of these parishes are considered to be part of “Acadiana” or ”Cajun country.”  Thousands of Acadians (now known as Cajuns) migrated to the area after they were exiled from the maritime provinces of Canada.  Even today, the culture continues to reflect the French origins of these migrants. Though perhaps best-known for its swamps and bayous, much of southwestern Louisiana consists of dry land prairies.