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Baton Rouge is the capital of the State of Louisiana. The city is a major industrial, petrochemical, medical, and research center of the American South. The Port of Baton Rouge is the ninth largest in the United States in terms of tonnage shipped, and is the farthest upstream Mississippi River port capable of handling Panamax ships.

The Baton Rouge area, also known as the “Capital City”, is located in the southeast portion of the state along the Mississippi River. The area owes its historical importance to its site upon Istrouma Bluff, the first bluff upriver from the Mississippi River Delta, which protects the city’s residents from flooding, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In addition to this natural barrier, the city has built a levee system stretching from the bluff southward to protect the riverfront and low-lying agricultural areas.

Metropolitan Baton Rouge is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. The city has a vibrant mix of the cultures found throughout Louisiana, from which it developed its motto: “Authentic Louisiana at every turn”.

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