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African marriages in Southwest Louisiana Records

Just thought I share with you guys the kinds of details that can be found in the records of Louisiana concerning Africans and persons of african descent. The French and Spaniards kept more details that often reveal clues to the ethnic backgrounds of enslaved africans and free persons:

FLORENTINE, Jean 68 years old, neg. lib. africain (Moucha & Sara-
Africans) m. 6 Feb. 1832 Marie Junon FLORENTIN 60 years old, neg. lib. africaine (Opel. Ch. : Reg. of Blacks, v. 2, p. 117)

FLORENTINE, Marie Junon 60 years old, neg. lib. of Africa (Camba &
Amoda- Africans) m. 6 Feb. 1832 Jean FLORENTINE 68 years old, neg. lib. of Africa (Opel. Ch. : Reg. of Blacks; v. 2, p. 117)

Moucha is the name of an island off the East African cost

Camba is the name of a town in Angola

Amoda is associated with Nigeria.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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