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Louisiana Creole LiteratureA Historical Study$
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Catharine Savage Brosman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039102

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039102.001.0001

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Louisiana and Its Population: The Historical Background

Louisiana and Its Population: The Historical Background

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(p.3) Chapter One Louisiana and Its Population: The Historical Background
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Louisiana Creole Literature
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Catharine Savage Brosman

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039102.003.0001

This introductory chapter sketches Louisiana history, with emphasis on New Orleans, from the first European explorations to the late nineteenth century. It also provides a survey of the early New Orleans indigenous and immigrant ethnic populations and languages. The term Creole is defined as it was used originally and as it developed, and its application in the book is explained. The Creoles’ resentment of the Louisiana purchase and the American takeover is stressed. The three-caste arrangement of Louisiana is described. The Code Noir, regulating the status of slaves, and the condition and circumstances of Free People of Color are examined.

Keywords:   Louisiana history, New Orleans ethnic populations, Creole defined, Code Noir, Free People of Color

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