Definition of Louisiana Creoles by Don Baham, October 6, 2009
Louisiana Creoles are people of varying mixtures of red, white, and black racial heritage largely descended from the colonial white (European), slave black (African), and indigenous red (Native American) races from the time before Louisiana became a possession of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase (1803).
Unlike many other ethnic groups in the United States who are immigrants from other countries, Louisiana Creoles are a mixed-race group that originated in Louisiana, USA and are descended from American-born forebears.
Having originated in Louisiana, some Louisiana Creoles have moved to other larger American cities and to a greater or lesser degree formed pockets of Louisiana-originated Creole groups/culture.
Louisiana Creoles have over time developed a unique culture and language derived mostly from the French with minor contribution from other languages. This Patoiś evolved in the nineteenth century and at that time was used by slaves and planters alike … and continues to be used today in some older Louisiana Creole groups.
This Louisiana Creole unique culture also has a distinct relationship with food, nutrition, and ritual around food preparation and consumption. Louisiana Creole cuisine incorporates spices, ingredients, and condiments from the French, Italian, Spanish, African, and Native American cultures.
The Louisiana Creole community is purely American in its diversity of interest and involvement in political, social, and other interests vital to our freedoms and way of life.
Louisiana Creoles come in all physical presentation, including eye color, skin pigmentation, and hair grade. Probably the most significant characteristic of Louisiana Creoles, in addition to physical presentation, is a mindset that manifests itself in a quiet appreciation of their unique racial heritage and culture.
The Cane River Trading Company is incorporated as non-profit organization under the laws of the state of Louisiana.
This website is for the descendants of Dumas Beaudoin and Margarett, Louis Chevalier and Fannie, Ennemond Delphin and Marie Fagot Gandel, Robert Gallien and Charlotte Nommaire, Carroll Jones and Catherine Clifton, Antoine Marinovich and Marie Givanovich, Marie Thérèze CoinCoin and Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer, Marie Bernarde dite Le Noir and Marie Pelagie Athanase Mauguet de Mézières, Adolph Prudhomme and Mae Mae, Valcour Rouege/Rueg and Manette/Nanetta Breda, Daniel Clifton and Rachel (including Sarah Jane Clifton and Miles Terrell), and for anyone with a Cane River Creole heritage. Please contact me if I did not include your Cane River family lineage.