Experience the Wonders of Louisiana’s Wetlands at the Barataria Preserve

Experience the Wonders of Louisiana’s Wetlands at the Barataria Preserve

Header image source I recently wrote about my wonderful visit to the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux, one of John Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s six sites scattered throughout south Louisiana.  The other sites include The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette, The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice, The Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery (the site of the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812), The French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans, and The Barataria Preserve just outside of Marrero, where I spent a very memorable day!  This natural wonder encompasses over 23,000 acres…Read more
The Cajuns Come To Life at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

The Cajuns Come To Life at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

Acadians, more commonly known as Cajuns, have had an enormous impact on the culture of Louisiana. Acadians are descendants of French settlers who, in the late 16th century, settled in the northeastern region of North America. When they were forced out by the British, most of the Acadians migrated to southern Louisiana, inhabiting the mosquito-infested swamps, bayous and prairies that nobody down there wanted. They became known as Cajuns, a corruption of the word Acadian, and you can learn all about them and their fascinating way of life by visiting the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in…Read more