West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

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West Feliciana Parish (French: Paroisse de Feliciana Ouest) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is St. Francisville and as of 2000, the population was 15,111. The Louisiana State Penitentiary is located in West Feliciana Parish in Angola.

West Feliciana Parish is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Baton Rouge–Pierre Part Combined Statistical Area.

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History

Following the founding of "Bayou Sara" (now under the Mississippi river) settlement by Franciscan/Cappucin monks (St. Francis of Assisi) in the late 17th century, the area was explored further by Spain, France, and England.

West Feliciana was originally part of the Florida colony, but was conjoined with the other Florida Parishes during the Louisiana Purchase. The parish existed for a time as the independent Republic of Feliciana, but eventually joined the United States in 1810 as Feliciana Parish, and was divided in 1824 into East Feliciana Parish and West Feliciana Parish.

During the American Civil War, West Feliciana Parish provided financial assistance to the families of soldiers fighting for the Confederate States of America. Wives and children of soldiers were to receive from $10 to $40 per month depending on family size.[1]

West Feliciana has been historically Democratic in voter preference and was the only Louisiana parish in 1972 to support the George McGovern and Sargent Shriver ticket. However, the Republican Party has won the parish at the presidential level since 2000. George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney won in 2004, 2,932 (56 percent) to 2,214 (42 percent) over the Democrats John F. Kerry and John Edwards. In 2000, Bush-Cheney polled 2,512 votes (55 percent) in West Feliciana Parish, compared to 2,187 (45 percent) for the Democrats Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. John S. McCain won the parish in 2008 over the Democrat Barack Obama.

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