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The Lakes of PontchartrainTheir History and Environments$
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Robert W. Hastings

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732719

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732719.001.0001

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. Louisiana Statehood

. Louisiana Statehood

(p.49) 5. Louisiana Statehood
The Lakes of Pontchartrain

Robert W. Hastings

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the impact of Louisiana’s statehood in the nineteenth century. By 1890, the state’s population exceeded 1 million. This population growth brought major environmental impacts as natural areas were modified by human activities, including development of new towns, roads, and railroads, increased clearing of land for farming, extensive timber cutting, development of steamship traffic on the lakes, increased hunting and fishing, and increased recreational activity on the lake, as well as the pumping of sewage and other pollutants into the lake and its tributaries.

Keywords:   population growth, environmental impact, New Orleans

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