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searchable encyclopedia of north Louisiana history and culture.
"North Louisiana" for the purpose of the Handbook of North Louisiana
will be construed as including Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Lincoln,
Union, Morehouse, West Carroll, East Carroll, Desoto, Red River, Bienville,
Jackson, Ouachita, Richland, Madison, Tensas, Franklin, Caldwell, Winn,
Natchitoches, Sabine, Grant, LaSalle, Catahoula, Concordia, Avoyelles, Rapides,
and Vernon parishes.
Individuals (deceased only)
Physical Geographical Descriptions (e.g. Ferry Lake)
Things (tangible, e.g.
"cotton" or intangible, e.g. "film-making")
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