It has been more than a quarter of a century since French explorers first put down roots in the area that eventually became the state of Louisiana, but despite the time that has passed, that French influence is still a big part of Louisiana’s distinctive culture.
No place is the French influence more noticeable than in New Orleans, where some streets and businesses carry French names, and in no area is the French influence more noticeable than in New Orleans’ famed cajun cuisine. The French-style of cooking has made New Orleans one of the most unique culinary capitals in the country.Additional information can be found at http://billives.typepad.com/portals_and_km/2012/01/taking-in-cajun-music-in-the-lafayette-louisiana-area.html.
The French influence also factors heavily into Southern Louisiana’s culture, especially its music. The jazz and zydeco music played widely throughout New Orleans and its surroundings areas owe a lot to the influence of French cajun music. When the instrumentation of cajun music combined with the sounds of American blues, Louisiana became home to one of the most unique musical stylings in the world.
Of course, when talking about the French influence, it’s impossible to overlook New Orleans’ French Quarter, where the buildings pop with French-influenced architecture.
As for the depth that the French influence goes, even the legal system in Louisiana feels its influence. Louisiana law is based on French civil codes, as opposed to British common law like every other state in the U.S.