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LOUISIANA

Louisiana is a constituent state of the United States of America potential to frequently occur earthquakes. The border of Louisiana extends Arkansan to the north, Gulf of Mexico to the south, Mississippi to the east and Texas to the west. These comprise both man-made and natural boundaries. The total area coverage of the state is about 4600 square miles of inland water. The state was admitted to the union as the 18th US state in 1812.

The flag of Louisiana has an extreme metaphoric central emblem of a pelican ripping off its own breast to feed the young. Although the natural feature of pelicans never validates the portrait, this middle age symbol represents the spirit of self- sacrifice and dedication to the descendants. The graphical version of the image was found all over the books, prints and the paintings which was recalled with traditional perspective by early French settlers of Louisiana. The pelican then was formally the Louisiana symbol along the state seal as well as on some unofficial flags back in early 1812.

The Civil War of 1861-1865 brought back the trend of Stars and Stripes even in the Louisian flag where stripes were red, white and blue and a red canton with a single yellow star. The flag incorporated the colors of the former colonial rulers of Louisiana and the US i.e. France and Spain. The state legislature from the centennial of statehood proposed a flag design with the emblem of pelican-and-its-young motif in 1912. The design was a more artistic and multicolored portrait with pelicans vested upon the blue background and young pelicans residing in a nest just above a ribbon encrypted with the state motto “Union Justice Confidence” which was adopted in November 2010.