2012 45¢ Louisiana Statehood
Issue Date: April 30, 2012
City: Baton Rouge, LA
Quantity: 40 million
Printed By: Avery Dennison
Printing Method: Photogravure
The home of Mardis Gras, the birthplace of Jazz, and the world capital of frogs, Cajun Music, and horses and buggies, Louisiana has long been an area rich in diversity.
Louisiana’s earliest inhabitants were Native American Mound Builders who constructed one of the earliest-known mound complexes in North America. For nearly 300 years, beginning in 1528, present-day Louisiana changed hands between Spain, France, and Great Britain. Among those who settled Louisiana were French Acadians, who established the distinct Cajun culture. Other early settlers who impacted Louisiana culture came from Haiti.
With the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, America doubled in size. In less than 10 years, Louisiana was established as the 18th state of Union.
The nearby Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River established New Orleans as a major port city. Many battles were fought there, including the 1815 battle that established Andrew Jackson as a national hero. However, erosion and rising waters have seen the coast shrink in recent years. Louisiana loses as much as 50 acres a day, making this coast one of the fastest disappearing areas in the world. In spite of this, Louisiana is home to 6.5 million acres of wetlands, the largest in the United States.