Noms de Bayous: Relics of a French Culture
Lest you think French influence on our state is restricted to the southern half, consider the sinuous streams of northeast Louisiana. They flow through our geography with Franco-laden labels both pure and bastardized - and with good reason. Frenchmen were the first to establish a lasting presence. They were not Acadians.They plied every major stream in northeast Louisiana. They put their names on nearly all of them.