East Baton Rouge Parish was created
December 22, 1810. The area was settled by the French and ceded
to Great Britain under the Treaty of Paris in 1763. Galvez
captured it in 1779. In 1807, under Spanish rule, it was claimed
that this parish, together with others in what is now referred to
as the Florida Parishes, was still under the rule of Spain and
not included in the boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
The parishes in question rebelled against Spain
and formed the West Florida Republic. This was immediately taken
over by Governor Claiborne for the United States. During this
early history, eight flags flew over the area.
The parishes in question rebelled against Spain and formed the West Florida Republic. This was immediately taken over by Governor Claiborne for the United States. During this early history, eight flags flew over the area.
"Five leagues above le Manchac we found very high banks, which are called Bluffs in that country, and the savage tong Istrouma which signifies Baton Rouge (Red Stick) because there is in this place a reddened post, which the savages have placed to mark the division of the lands of the two Indian nations, namely: that of the Bayougoulas from which we came and other about 30 leagues higher than Baton Rouge, called the Oumas." Paul Penicaust wrote in his book on Louisiana, "Relation", in 1772.
The parish seat of East Baton Rouge is Baton Rouge. With an area totally 455.7 square miles, East Baton Rouge Parish has 148 schools, 1 airport, and 2 rail lines.
Agriculture: Soybeans, sugarcane, vegetable farming, beef cattle, and dairy farming. Industry: Port of Baton Rouge, with diversified industrial plants, over 150 industries, including petrochemicals, machine shops, foundries, steel fabrication, brick, concrete, cabinetworks, ironworks, food and kindred products, lumber and kindred products.
Tourist Attractions: Louisiana State Capitol; the Old State Capitol; Greater Baton Rouge Zoo; LSU Rural Life Museum; several antebellum homes, including Magnolia Mound (late 1700s), Potts House (1850), the Pentagon Barracks (on the grounds of the state capitol); the Governor's Mansion; the Louisiana Arts and Sciences Center, the Old Governor's Mansion; and Indian mounds dating back to 4000 B.C..
Major Citis in East Baton Rouge Parish include- Baton Rouge, Baker, and Zachary.