A Brief History Of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

On the bank of the great river Mississippi, there is a beautiful city bright with its historic and cultural luster, named Baton Rouge. Because it is French, on the first look, this name looks a bit odd. Baton Rouge literally means red pole in French language. We will come back to the rationale behind this naming later. So, this Baton Rouge is the capital city of the state Louisiana, USA and is the second largest city after New Orleans covering 79.11 square miles of land with an elevation of 56 ft from the sea level. Baton Rouge has mild winters, hot and humid summers, moderate to heavy rainfall, and the possibility of damaging winds and tornadoes. Close proximity of the Mexican gulf exposes it to occasional devastating hurricanes.

It has been evident that humans have been living in the area of Baton Rouge from 8000 BC. But it had got its name in 1699 when the French explorer Sieur d’Iberville guided his team to this territory of the river Mississippi. The explorers found a red pole marking two native hunting grounds and named their new discovery after this. It was not until 1721 when Baton Rouge was officially founded and …