Louisiana was originally a French colony, named after King Louis XIV of France. The area was first explored by the French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, in 1682.
Evangeline Parish, located in Louisiana, has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, the area saw the arrival of European settlers in the 18th century. The arrival of French Acadians, known as Cajuns, in the mid-18th century greatly influenced the culture and heritage of the region.

In the 19th century, the area underwent significant changes with the establishment of various settlements. The town of Ville Platte was founded in 1824 and became the parish seat of government. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century brought economic growth and development to the area, leading to the establishment of other communities like Mamou and Basile.

Evangeline Parish also played a significant role in the logging industry during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The vast forest resources attracted logging companies, which led to the establishment of sawmills and the growth of nearby towns such as Pine Prairie.

Throughout the 20th century, Evangeline Parish continued to evolve and adapt to various changes. Agriculture became a major industry, specifically rice and soybean farming. The oil and gas industry also played a significant role in the local economy. Today, Evangeline Parish remains a vibrant region, showcasing its rich cultural heritage, celebrated through various festivals such as the Louisiana Cotton Festival and the Mamou Cajun Music Festival.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Evangeline Parish, Louisiana.

  • 1764 - Evangeline Parish established as part of Spanish Louisiana.
  • 1803 - Louisiana Purchase brings Evangeline Parish under US control.
  • 1821 - Evangeline Parish becomes part of St. Landry Parish.
  • 1844 - Evangeline Parish separated from St. Landry Parish and officially established.
  • 1861-1865 - Evangeline Parish impacted by the American Civil War.
  • 1886 - Ville Platte designated as the parish seat.
  • 1898 - Bordered adjusted, transferring land from Evangeline Parish to Allen Parish.
  • 1930s - Oil and gas industry becomes an important economic driver.
  • 1950s-1960s - Desegregation and civil rights movement impact Evangeline Parish.
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina causes significant damage in the region.