[French: Paroisse de Lafayette]
calls itself "the capital of Acadiana" as this area
became the homeland for many of the french refugees who fled
Acadia. One of the first families to settle in Lafayette
were the Mouton's in the 1770's. The parish seat, Vermillionville
, was laid out by Jean Mouton in 1824, who donated the land for
the courthouse and the catholic church. Vermillionville was
incorportated in 1836. Vermillionville lacked growth until
the New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railway was
constructed and extended into Texas in 1881. By 1884, the name of
Vermillionville was changed to Lafayette. Lafayette parish
is one of the five parishes of Louisiana that once formed the
Attakapas region, and are still called the " Attikapas
Cities and towns
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