New Iberia, Louisiana

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New Iberia is a city in and the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The population was 5,537 at the 2000 census.


The town of New Iberia dates from Spring 1779, when a group of 500 Malaguenian colonists and the actual founder Bernardo de Galvez came up Bayou Teche and settled around Spanish Lake. The Spanish settlers called the town "Nueva Iberia" in honor of the Iberian Peninsula, and the French referred to the town as "Nouvelle Ibérie," while the American settlers called it "New Town" after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

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