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Re: assimilation of Chesapeake fpoc with LA Creole


Great post. I have no concentrate proof, yet - but, I have long theorized some of the FPC in lower VA/upper NC are closely tied to the c/Creoles of Louisiana. To be more specific, "assimilation" may be the incorrect wording - perhaps, "return to Latin culture" would be more accurate for certain families.

As I have attempted to explain to Paul, we have oral accounts of many lines arriving from the "West Indies" during the late 1700s to mid 1800s, landing in Greensville County, VA and Northampton County, NC. Furthermore, the oral history states that some lines had previously faced a second exile prior to landing in VA/NC.

In addition, I don't believe the use of "FPC" in certain areas outside of LA, meant having African and/or Native American ancestry. Lastly, I would believe the wide-spread Latin culture in LA lead to retention of dialect, food, and surnames. While, in certain areas such as of VA/NC life became a bit more Anglicized - perhaps out of necessity or pressure.

I understand this information is very loose, but I don't believe by any means the communities in VA/NC from which my ancestors resided were a coincidence - I believe somehow like cultures had a way of finding one another.



18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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