Louisiana is divided into sixty-four parishes. On March 31, 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 parishes, without getting rid of the
old counties (which continued to exist until 1845). In 1811, a constitutional convention organized the state into seven judicial districts, each consisting of groups of
parishes. In 1816, the first official map of the state used the term, as did the 1845 constitution. Since then, the official term has been parishes.
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Terrebonne Parish was created on 1822, from La Fourche Parish and the parish was named in honor of the French phrase
terre bonne or in English, good land. The Parish seat is Houma.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 2,082 square miles (5,390 km2), of which 1,232 square miles (3,190 km2)
is land and 850 square miles (2,200 km2) (41%) is water. It is the fifth-largest parish in Louisiana by land area and third-largest by total
area. The Gulf of Mexico is located to the south of the parish.
Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:
Northeast: Lafourche Parish
South: Gulf of Mexico
Northwest: St. Mary Parish; Assumption Parish
Terrebonne Parish School District operates public schools.