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The Founding Of Lafayette, Louisiana

Painting of La Salle and his settlers in the Louisiana territory in 1682.

The area of Lafayette, Louisiana was originally inhabited by Atakapa-Ishak Tribes and the competing Choctaw Tribes. In addition, the Chitimacha and Opelousa Tribes lived in the surrounding areas. In the 1700s, catholic French settlers began to inhabit the area.

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