Louisiana has long captured Americas imagination with its beautiful bayous, delicious cuisine and abundant wildlife. Television shows such as Swamp People have only increased that interest particularly about Louisianas famous alligators.
Stories about the alligator (or crocodile, as the French called them) began to appear in print soon after the SieurdIberville established the Louisiana colony in 1699.
In fact, one of the first mentions of our alligator can be found in Ibervilles diary.
We see a large quantity of crocodiles, he wrote while exploring Bayou Manchac. I killed a small one, 8 feet long. They are very good to eat.