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Jefferson Davis Parish, formed on June 12, 1912, is located in southwest Louisiana. Prior to this date it was part of Imperial Calcasieu with Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, and Calcasieu. This division was the result of 16 years of deliberation. Its parish seat is Jennings. The parish was named in honor of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. The parish boasts a population of 31,189 and is 652.4 square miles in size. In "Jeff Davis" the major products are soybeans, sweet potatoes, oats, cotton, rice, poultry, dairy goods, and catfish.
Other industries include oil and gas production, first discovered on September 21, 1901 in Jennings, "The Cradle of Louisiana Oil". Jeff Davis is also known for shipbuilding and tool manufacturing. Among its attractions are the Zigler Museum and the Acadian Handicraft Museum. Welsh hosts the Cajun Food and Fun Festival in late April. Forty percent of Jeff Davis' population is Cajun.
Sources: www.CajunCulture.com, Evangeline: A Study in Cajun Culture, the Louisiana Almanac, and personal experiences.
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