Today in World History: November 30th

Louisiana has more than 4.5 million people living in it today, making it the 25th most populated state in the U.S. but before it belonged to the Americans, it belonged to the French and Spanish. In the city of New Orleans, in 1803, Spanish and French representatives sealed the deal that would transfer the area to a French representative under Napoleon Bonaparte. Twenty days later, the region would be transferred to the U.S. and proclaimed as a state, the 31st largest in size today.

“I am fascinated by the places that music comes from, like fife-and-drum blues from southern Mississippi or Cajun music out of Lafayette, Louisiana, shape-note singing, old harp singing from the mountains – I love that stuff. It’s like the beginning of rock and roll: something comes down from the hills, and something comes up from the delta.”

-Robbie Robertson
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