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Louisiana ParishesLouisiana is divided into 64 parishes in the same way that 48 of the other states of the United States are divided into counties (Alaska is divided into boroughs and census areas).
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.
West Carroll Parish, Louisiana
West Carroll Parish History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of Parish Name
Carroll Parish was named in honor of Charles Carroll in 1832, a philanthropist, statesman and the last surviving signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Carroll Parish was created by an Act was approved on March 14, 1832, out of the northern part of the original Concordia Parish created in 1809 and the eastern part of Ouachita Parish. Carroll Parish was named in honor of Charles Carroll in 1832, a philanthropist, statesman and the last surviving signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Lake Providence was the first seat of government. Carroll Parish was divided into two parishes in 1871. The division solved a feud over the site of the seat of government. Lake Providence was named the parish seat of East Carroll Parish. Bayou Macon formed the boundary between the two parishes. Oak Grove became the parish seat of West Carroll Parish. West Carroll Parish was created on 1877, from Carroll Parish. The Parish seat is Lake Providence. The Parish seat is Oak Grove.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"