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|Satellite view showing Baton Rouge, capital and second largest city (behind New Orleans) of the State of Louisiana in the United States. The port city is located in the southeastern part of the state along the Mississippi River, about 80 mi (130 km) northwest of New Orleans.
The city began its existence in 1719 as a French military post. The French were forced to cede the fort and settlement to Great Britain in 1762. Spain captured the town in 1779 and it became part of Spanish Florida. In 1803 the United States bought a big chunk of land from France (Louisiana Purchase), the bargain doubled the size of the United States, but Baton Rouge was not part of the deal, the town was annexed by the United States in 1815. Two years later in 1817, Baton Rouge was incorporated, it became Louisiana's state capitol in 1849.
During the Civil War the capital was moved to Shreveport. Baton Rouge was made capital of Louisiana again in 1882.
In the 19th century, the city became a hub for steamboat trade and transportation and its population grew steadily.
Today, Baton Rouge (from French, meaning Red Stick) has a population of about 229,000 inhabitants (est. 2015).
The city is still an important transportation hub. Baton Rouge's busy port is the furthest inland port on the Mississippi River that can accommodate ocean-going tankers and cargo carriers.
Three major rail lines, Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific, and Canadian National connect the city with the rest of North America.
The city is a growing technology center and its economy is based on industry, especially petrochemistry, and the city is becoming a top location for motion picture filming in recent years, with a growing number of movie studios. Largest employer in the city is the State of Louisiana.
Baton Rouge is home to LSU, the Louisiana State University, the flagship university for Louisiana.
Baton Rouge points of interest:
Louisiana State Capitol, the 450 feet (137 m) tall seat of Louisiana's government, the tallest building in Baton Rouge, the Museum of Political History in Louisiana's Old State Capitol, the Old Louisiana Governor's Mansion, kind of small version of the White House in Washington D.C., the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum (LASM), housed in the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Company Depot, the Shaw Center for the Arts, a performing art venue and fine arts museum, and St. Joseph Cathedral, the Gothic Revival church built in 1855.
The city gained international attention in July 2015, when Afro-American Alton Sterling was shot dead by white police officers. The incident quickly sparked local protests and a worldwide coverage by the media and social networks.
Just zoom in (+) to see Louisiana State Capitol building, the seat of the government for the U.S. state of Louisiana.
The Map shows a city map of Baton Rouge with expressways, main roads and streets, the location of Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (IATA code: BTR) 7.6 mi (12 km) by road, north of the city center.
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Friday-May-25 07:08Standard time zone: Central Standard Time (CST); UTC/GMT -6 hours Central Daylight Time (CDT) in use from the second Sunday in March, ends on the first Sunday in November; time zone offset: UTC/GMT -5 hours
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|Google Map: Searchable Map of the City of Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River, Louisiana, USA.
City Coordinates: 30°27′29″N 91°8′25″W
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