Houma’s name, meaning “red”, comes from the Native Americans who settled the area, the Houmas Indians. Following the transition to Spanish control of New Orleans in 1762, several French settlers arrived. Additionally, colonists exiled from Nova Scotia, the Acadians, found a home in the area as well. Terrebonne (“good earth”) Parish was established in 1822. The seclusion of the settlers for generations lead to the unique Cajun culture, language, and identity still present throughout southeast Louisiana. Today, Houma is the largest city in the area and a commercial hub for the oil industry, shopping, dining, and tourism. Surrounding the city are vast fields of sugar cane, picturesque bayous, and a myriad of waterways and marshes that make Terrebonne Parish among the state’s best for outdoor activity.
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