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There have been eleven different flags that have flown over the Ouachita valley since its discovery almost 500 years ago.


FIRST EXPLORATION OF THE OUACHITA
The Spanish Flag was carried by Hernando DeSoto when he explored the Ouachita Valley in 1541

FRENCH TERRITORY
The French flag flew over the Ouachita Valley when France claimed the Province of Louisiana in 1682

SPANISH TERRITORY
The Spanish flag replaced the French in 1769 when the Ouachita Valley was ceded to King Charles III of Spain

ENGLISH TERRITORY
The English flag flew over the Ouachita valley in 1763 when the Treaty of Paris relinquished theTerritory to England.

FRENCH TERRITORY
Spain won the territory back in 1779 in a battle with English forces in Baton Rouge, but later ceded the territory to Napoleon Bonaparte of France, raising the French flag over the Ouachita valley once again

UNITED STATES TERRITORY
The Ouachita valley was ceded to France for only 20 days in 1803 - then the Flag of the 15 United States of America was raised on April 30, 1803, when the U.S.A. signed the the Louisiana Purchase with France.

CIVIL WAR PERIOD
In 1861 , at the beginning of the Civil War Louisiana seceded from the Union and adopted the Louisiana Flag, which flew over part of the Ouachita valley for a short period of time. Civil War Period In 1861, Arkansas seceded from the Union along with Louisiana, and adopted the flag of the Confederate States of America, which flew over the Ouachita valley until 1865.

USA TERRITORY
The flag of the United States of America has proudly flown over the Ouachita valley since the end of the Civil War in 1865.

LOUISIANA TERRITORY
Today. the state flag of Louisiana also flies over the southern part of the Ouachita valley.

ARKANSAS TERRITORY
Today, the state flag of Arkansas also flies over the northern part of the Ouachita valley.


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