Bayou is a French version of the word "Bayuk." Bayuk is a Choctaw word for "small stream." The term bayou is native to Louisiana. According to National Geographic, Louisiana has lost around 4,900 square kilometers (1,900 square miles) of coastal wetlands since the 1930s. A bayou is a slow-moving creek or a swampy section of a river or a lake.
The Louisiana bayou is diverse, sprawling, and full of challenges.
Louisiana is the only state in the union that does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes.
Longest Main Street in the world
The 106-mile-long bayou that flows in the Gulf of Mexico, the Bayou Lafourche (once called the Chitimacha River) makes its way through Ascension, Assumption, and Lafourche parishes. It is called "the longest Main Street in the world.”
The Biggest Bayou
The Bayou Bartholomew is the longest bayou in the world. It’s so large, it stretches across both Arkansas and Louisiana, is 375 miles long, and boasts more than 100 different types of fish.
Cajun culture is an American original, to be sure. But there’s also influence from African, Irish, German, and Spanish pioneers--in addition to Native American influences. There are many Cajuns who still speak French, many of which are a blending of these unique cultures.
Sleepy and Mysterious
Bayous are pockets of water that are located in low lying depressions. Here in Louisiana, bayous may be a wetland, marsh-like lake, or even a slow-moving river or stream. The super slow movement of these waters has resulted in the nickname "sleeping waters,” and is often the backdrop to voodoo legend. While visiting, be sure to take in the Spanish moss draping from the trees, as well as the marsh birds, animals, and other plant life.
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Printed From Allrecipes.com 6/17/2017