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The local Native American name for the city of Baton Rouge is "Istrouma". From evidence found along the Mississippi, Comite, and Amite rivers, and in three Native American mounds remaining in the city, archaeologists have been able to date habitation of the Baton Rouge area to 8000 BC.
The french explorers may have named the area, "Baton Rouge", back in 1699, the Indians have always called the area, Istrouma.
by Spi3rit1000 July 20, 2010