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Shreveport is the third-largest city and the principal city of the third largest metropolitan area in Louisiana, as well as being the 109th largest city in the United States.

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Shreveport was founded in 1836 by the Shreve Town Company, a corporation established to develop a town at the juncture of the newly navigable Red River and the Texas Trail, an overland route into the newly independent Republic of Texas and, prior to that time, into Mexico.

On the HBO original series True Blood, Shreveport is the main city of the vampire province of Area 5.

While Shreveport is just beyond the realm of Renard Parish, a sign in Bon Temps states that it just 22 miles away.


The name 'Shreveport' is derived from two different words. Shreve comes from Middle English and is an occupational name for a 'sheriff'. Port also comes from Middle English and means 'gateway' or 'entrance'.