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Louisiana, Was first visited by La Salle, who discovered the mouth of the Mississippi (1691), and took possession of the country in the name of Louis, King of France. Settlements were soon afterwards formed. In 1712 Louis XIV. named the region Louisiana, in honor of himself, and granted it to M. Crozat. The territory was granted to The Western Company in 1717. The French remained in possession until 1762, when they ceded it to Spain. In 1800 it was retroceded to France, and in 1803 it was bought from the latter by the United States for $15,000,000, and the American flag was first raised in New Orleans on Dec. 20, 1803. In 1804 the territory was divided into two governments—namely, Territory of Orleans and District of Louisiana. The former entered the Union as the State of Louisiana April 8, 1812, and the name of the latter was changed, June 4, 1812, to Missouri. At the close of 1814 Louisiana was invaded by British troops, but they were speedily driven away. As soon as