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  1. Apr 25, 2017 · Parishes . Louisiana is the only state in America whose political subdivisions are parishes and not counties. The state is divided into 64 parishes. Parishes are one of the several elements of the political and legal structure from that time that Louisiana has kept (the civil law legal system is another example).

  2. 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 ...

  3. Apr 08, 2020 · The reason why Louisiana does not use the term counties dates back to a bygone era and to the first settlements in this State. Louisiana was officially Roman Catholic under the rule of both France and Spain. The initial boundaries dividing the territories of what is now Louisiana generally coincided with church parishes.

  4. Why is Louisiana the only state to have parishes and not counties? Also, how much of Louisiana is below sea level? And how the Louisiana purchase changed the world?. Explore this storyboard about Louisiana, United States by on Flipboard.

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  6. 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 ...

  7. 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. The boundaries dividing the territories generally ...

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