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AfriGeneas Creole Research Forum

Welcome! Bienvenu!

Welcome to the Creole Research Forum at AfriGeneas.com!

As the manager of this forum, I thought I would provide a view of what Creole is.

Creole as a word comes from the Spanish criollo and Portugese crioullo - it simply means native. In a broad sense, all people born in the New World are creole, as opposed to those born in the Old World, be it in Africa, Europe, wherever.

The Louisiana Creoles, of which I am one, are those people descended from "natives" or "creoles" of the Louisiana Territory. Territorial Louisiana, refers to before 1803, when Louisiana was transferred to the United States. Creoles had been in Louisiana during its time as part of New France, while under Spanish control, and briefly French again right before the Louisiana Purchase.

Creoles can be of African ancestry, European ancestry, Indian ancestry, or a combination thereof.

Some characteristic traits of Creoles are the French (or patois) language and Catholic religion. These are not definite. Though French was commonplace in Louisiana seventy years ago, few now speak the language. Similarly, there are Protestant Creoles.

I hope this forum will be of use whn searching your Louisiana Creole heritage. My personal website on Creole history & culture is www.creolegen.com.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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