Unit overview: In this unit students explore how geographical features shaped Louisiana’s early influences. This sets the stage for the unit to follow where students explore the how various countries competed for control of Louisiana.
• What caused the diffusion of Louisiana’s major ethnic groups and how did their dispersion culturally affect Louisiana? (8.4.2)
• How do ethnic groups in Louisiana expand their culture? Why is expansion essential to the preservation of Louisiana culture? (8.4.2)
• How did the settlement of early historic Native American tribes contribute to the development of Louisiana? (8.2.1)
• Geographically, how were the settlements of Native Americans useful to the French and Spanish explorers? (8.2.2, 8.3.1-3, 8.4.1)