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New Iberia, Louisiana

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New Iberia is a city located in the southern-most region of the present-day U.S. state of Louisiana.  Prior to meddling by European colonizers, this area was inhabited by Houma and other Choctaw peoples.  New Iberia, Louisiana itself, however, only dates back to 1779, when a group of 500 Malagueños colonists, led by Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Bouligny, arrived by the Bayou Teche.  These colonists would eventually settle around Spanish Lake.  When, in 1814, the United States Federal Government opened a post office in the area, it was known as “Nova Iberia” (Latin for ‘new’), but by the time the town was incorporated in 1839, it was known as New Iberia, Louisiana.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of New Iberia, Louisiana has a total population of 30,386 people.  New Iberia, Louisiana is also considered part of the Lafayette, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The Lafayette, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, as estimated by that same 2016 report, has a total population of 490,488 people.  This makes it the 108th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the entire United States of America.

New Iberia, Louisiana’s most well-known economic feature, has for a long time, been Avery Island.  Avery Island, which is a salt dome, is best known as the source for Tabasco Sauce.  Tabasco Sauce is a brand of hot sauce made exclusively from Tabasco peppers.  It is produced by McIlhenny Company, based on Avery Island.  McIlhenny Company was founded in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny.  Although the sauce is named after the Mexican state of Tabasco, it is, in fact, American produced and distributed.

Elsewhere on Avery Island is Bird City, a bird sanctuary founded by Edward Avery McIlhenny, in 1895.  Bird City is part of a larger botanical park, Jungle Gardens, which also features “numerous American alligators, Louisiana black bears, white-tailed deer, coypu, North American river otters, muskrats, snakes, and other wild animals.”

Beyond Avery Island, New Iberia, Louisiana is also home to Shadows-on-the-Teche, which is a historic house considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Shadows-on-the-Teche, which was built in the Greek Revival architectural style, was completed in 1834 – for a sugarcane planter.  Conrad Rice Mill is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Still in operation (it opened in 1912), the Conrad Rice Mill “is the oldest independently owned rice mill in the country.”

New Iberia, Louisiana also hosts numerous festivals throughout the year.  These festivals include the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, El Festival Español de Nueva Iberia, World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off, Cajun Hot Sauce Festival, the Great Gator Race, Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival, and the Blitz Dance Competition.

Strangely, for a time, New Iberia, Louisiana hosted a statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian.  Additionally, historic downtown New Iberia, Louisiana is still the home of The Evangeline Theatre.  These days, though, The Evangeline Theatre is known as the Sliman Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the New Iberia, Louisiana area?  Have you ever thought about the possibility of becoming such an owner?  These resources listed below could aid you should you choose to embark upon such a quest:

Apply for a Business License in New Iberia, Louisiana:

http://www.cityofnewiberia.com/site468.php

Economic Development in New Iberia, Louisiana:

http://www.iberiabiz.com/site.php

Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce:

http://www.iberiachamber.org/

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