Common Law vs. Civil Code
By: Lexi Henningsen
What is Common Law?
Why did Louisiana adopt France's law structure?
From 1699 to 1765, Louisiana was a French colony, hence Mardi Gras and other French holiday's and customs that Louisiana still to this day celebrates and has adapted to. Since they were a French colony, they adopted laws similar to the ways of other Caribbean-French colonies. It wasn't until the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 that Louisiana let go of their French tradition and moved on to American ways.