connie atkinson en Louisiana Celebrates 200 Years of Statehood <div><p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) &mdash; When officials from the United States arrived in newly acquired <font color="red">Louisiana</font> in 1804 to consider the prospects of the area for statehood, they found a bewildering landscape that could not have been more different from the New England countryside that gave birth to the nation just a few decades earlier.</p><p>The federal group found a population made up almost entirely of French-speakers, a third of whom were free people of color.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:54:27 +0000 The Associated Press 9784 at