What is Creole?

"Creole" is the non-Anglo culture and identity that flourished before Louisiana was sold to the United States in 1803. 


In the 19th century, Creole identity was primarily defined by three things: native birth, the French language, and the Roman Catholic faith. 


Historically, Creole identity transcended both race and a person's legal status as free or enslaved. 


Today, "Creole" is recognized as a blend of cultural influences from the three groups that were present in colonial, pre-1803 Louisiana: Native American, Western European and West African.

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