In 2014, Louisiana was ranked as one of the most small business friendly states, based on a study drawing upon data from more than 12,000 small business owners. Louisiana has the tallest state capitol in the United States; the building is 450 meters with 34 floors. In 1682, the French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle named the region Louisiana to honor King Louis XIV of France. Louisiana was the first site of petroleum drilling over water in the world. Countryaah.com: Offers a full list of nationwide and statewide holidays in Louisiana starting from January 1st – New Year’s Day. Also covers the most recent three years of public holidays within the state of Louisiana.