|#4667 Louisiana Statehood 2012 (Forever) Postage Stamp
With the issuance of the Louisiana Statehood (Forever®) stamp, the U.S.
Postal Service celebrates the bicentennial of the “Pelican State”. Known for its vibrant music, authentic cuisine, and dynamic mingling
of cultures, Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union on April 30, 1812.
The flags of France, Spain, and Great Britain all flew
over present-day Louisiana before it became U.S. soil. President Thomas Jefferson bought most of the land from Napoleon Bonaparte
as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In 1804 Congress created the Territory of Orleans, setting the approximate boundaries of
the state of Louisiana, formed just eight years later.
Visitors flock to New Orleans each year to celebrate Mardi Gras, a holiday brought
to Louisiana by French Catholics. The city's first Mardi Gras parade took to the streets in 1837. Besides tourism, other major industries
in the state include petroleum, natural gas, tree farming, and soybeans.
The stamp art features a photograph of Flat Lake. In the image,
a setting sun casts the shadows of bald cypress trees hung with Spanish moss across the dark water. Flat Lake is located in the Atchafalaya
Basin, the largest contiguous river swamp in the United States. Its bayous are home to alligators, crawfish, snakes, turtles, nutria,
owls, and eagles.
#4667 Louisiana Statehood 2012 (Forever)