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Haiti to LA Migration/Slave Trade
Was there a mass migration or regular slave trade from Haiti to Louisiana? I have traced my family back to 1850 in Natchitoches Parish in LA. So far we are still listed as free people (not slaves) but the trail goes cold. Our last names were not Haitian (Jones, Odoms, Jury) but our first names were/are: Domisaine, Celestine, Gateau, Marcellin, Louis, Nicole, Dominique, Creola, etc. The older ones spoke French or Creole only. My greatgrandmother's generation was the first to be bilingual. My grandma and mom moved North and only spoke English. Me, I had to learn French in school! I live in Boston now and many Haitian people walk up to me and speak in Kreyol because, they say, I look Haitian. When they find out my name is "Nicole", then they really don't believe I'm American! However, I don't know any Haitian history. If there was a great migration or slave trade to LA in the early 1800s or earlier, please let me know, thank you!
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