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Re: assimilation of Chesapeake fpoc with LA Creole

Louis,

It is a possibility that those families you mentioned COULD have encountered Louisianians during the Colonial period of Louisiana. But proof or evidence is another thing. So far, I haven't encountered anything suggesting that during the early French and Spanish period in Louisiana. I'm sure, after generations, those Spanish and French migrants in the VA/NC had descendants who were long Anglicized culturally by the late 18th century. So I don't understand what would these hypothetical immigrants to Spanish Louisiana "seek" out in turns of cultural ties among Louisiana Creoles like my ancestors. Languages are lost, traditions die, names are changed in order to fit in, folks marry outside their groups. Assimilation and Acculturation are the processes that alter cultures and identities throughout the generations.

The Spanish period brought more folks from regions from the far reaches of the Spanish empire[i.e. Cuba, Spain, Puerto Rico,Mexico,etc..] as well as your melange of U.S. Anglophones[Slave, fpoc, White], Irish, Germans,French, Swiss,French-Canadians and West Africans joining the native Louisiana Creole population[don't forget the Attakapas, Kiowa,Opelousa,Chimecha,Caddo, and Natchez Indian nations already there].

Oral history has many weaknesses and limitations. It is best to see if you can find documentary evidence that can either prove or disprove Oral history. Sometimes stories have a grain of truth. Others are just bogus myths. One should look for what is there and accept it. That's why I use family stories with caution.

From what I know about migrations to VA during the 17th century, It seems that the migrants were fairly diverse in their origins. Some were Irish, British, and Angolan in origin. A few were French and some were even from India[arriving as Indentured servants via the East India Company].

I'm all about finding out traces in the historical record.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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