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  1. Apr 05, 2020 · Originally, Louisiana was the territory of Spain and then France, both Roman Catholic countries, and those colonial powers divided their lands according to church parish boundaries for administrative purposes. After annexation by the United States, Louisiana continued to refer to administrative regions as parishes, not counties. In 1803, the ...

  2. The State of Louisiana does not have "counties" as regional governments below the state level, but instead has "parishes". The only state besides Louisiana not to have counties is Alaska, which has "boroughs". Louisiana was officially Roman Catholic under the rule of both France and Spain.

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  3. Jun 24, 2010 · After the Louisiana Purchase (1803), the Territorial Legislative Council divided Orleans Territory which was the the predecessor of Louisiana, into 12 parishes. The borders were not well defined, but they roughly coincided with the colonial parishes, so used the same names. Later, in 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 ...

  4. Mar 17, 2012 · The state of Louisiana is the only state in the country that has subdivisions called parishes, instead of the more commonly used county. If you have ever wondered why this is the case, keep reading to find out. Why does Louisiana have parishes instead of counties? Unlike most of the other states of America, Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes.

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  6. The short version.... > Louisiana was officially Roman Catholic under both France and Spain's rule. The boundaries dividing the territories generally coincided with church parishes.

  7. Mar 19, 2014 · re: Why does Louisiana have parishes instead of counties? Posted by CheeseburgerEddie on 3/19/14 at 12:23 pm to NIH I hadn't either until I credited a guy for having way too much land because of thinking the survey was recorded using acres.

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