Louisiana Photograph Collection

Stereograph #12

Series: No. 231 -- Louisiana's State Exhibit
The land of the Creoles, with an exceptionaly fertile, alluvial soil, a warm climate and an abundance of water in lakes and rivers, has remarkable advantages for the cultivation of a great variety of products, from temperate to semi-tropic. But of the 28,000,000 acres of land in the state only 3,000,000 are in cultivation. A large part of the land, about 15,000 square miles of upland, are occupied by thousands of millions of long leaf and short leaf pine, while the swamps are filled with valuable cypresses. Eleven-twelfths of all the farm crops are in cotton, sugar cane, corn and rice. This lack of diversification of crops is largely due to the habits of the old slavery times. In cotton culture Louisiana has been very slow to recover from the Civil War. It has not yet again reached the figure of the year 1800, but it produces three-fourths of all the sugar grown in the United States. A new system of irrigation introduced lately has given an immense impetus to rice culture. A8523. [caption on verso]
Photographer/Publisher: Unidentified