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St. John Baptist
(French: Paroisse de Saint-Jean-Baptiste)

St. John the Baptist was created March 31, 1807 by an act of the Orleans Territory Legislature, and was one of the original 19 Louisiana parishes. The parish seat is Edgard. There is no incorporated towns in St. John Baptist Parish. St. John the Baptist Parish was the second permanent settlement in Louisiana.. The parish was established in the early 1720s by a group of German colonists. Many families established towns around the Mississippi River in the areas now known as Lucy, Garyville, and Reserve. The area was under the French regime until 1768 when France delivered Louisiana to the Spanish. Around this time period, many Acadians, or "Cajuns", began arriving in south Louisiana due to being exiled from their homes in what is now Nova Scotia. The first Acadian village was established in what is now Wallace. The German and French cultures thrived alongside one another, but French came to be the dominant language.



Adjacent parishes
Tangipohoa Parish (north)
Lake Pontchartrain (northeast)
St. Charles Parish (southeast)
Lafourche Parish (south)
St. James Parish (west)
Ascension Parish & Livingston Parish (northwest)


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