Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States.... (New York: Phelps, Fanning & Co., 1853), 320.
SAINT LANDRE PARISH, situated toward the south part of Louisiana, with Atchafalaya river on the east. Area, 2,000 square miles. Face of the country, uneven, subsiding toward the south into a plain; soil, generally sterile. Seat of justice, Opelousas Pop. in 1820, 10,085; in 1830, 12,591; in 1840, 15,233; in 1850, 22,353.