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city, Morehouse parish, northeastern Louisiana, U.S., 24 miles (38 km) northeast of Monroe. Settlement of the area began after a Dutch nobleman, Baron de Bastrop, was given a large land grant by the Spanish in 1796. The baron subsequently sold much of his land to Abram Morehouse, a settler from Kentucky. Bastrop was founded in 1846 as the parish seat. It experienced an industrial boom after 1916, when natural gas was discovered in the area.