Lafayette Travel Guide

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Lafayette Overview

Lafayette is the fourth largest city in Louisiana. The city was founded as Vermilionville in 1821 by a French-speaking Acadian named Jean Mouton. In 1884, it was renamed for General Lafayette, a French military hero who fought with and significantly aided the American Army during the American Revolutionary War. The city's economy was primarily based on agreiculture until the 1940s, when the petroleum and natural gas industry became dominant.

Tourism is a large part of this area and because of the Cajun and Creole influences on the food it has the highest number of restaurants per capita of any U.S. city.

Among many points of interest are:
•Acadian Village is a reconstructed Cajun bayou community (of moved and reassembled authentic buildings) and has a representative collection of Cajun furnishings.
•Acadiana Center for the Arts
•Alexandre Mouton House Museum was home to Louisiana's first Democratic governor, Alexandre Mouton, who once lived in this antebellum town house. It is now a museum and contain collection of antiques, historical documents, and old mardi gras costumes.

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