Louisiana Créole Research Association’s ninth annual conference, “Old World Connections: Créolization in New Orleans,” Xavier University, Oct 19-21, spotlights the disparate peoples from around the globe who contributed to Créole culture in colonial Louisiana, particularly in New Orleans and the lower Mississippi River valley.
Throughout civilization, people departed homelands and migrated to new lands, driven by economics, by force, by need for shelter and safety, or by a sense of wonder and adventure. The conference acknowledges those contributing their diverse history and culture to an emerging Créole lifestyle in New Orleans and its vicinity.
Though the term Créole is often applied primarily to descendants of colonial French, Spanish, African and perhaps Native American inhabitants of this region, in actuality, immigrants from Germany, Austria, Ireland, China, India, Brazil, the Caribbean and elsewhere became part of the Louisiana Créole fabric, establishing families with, and alongside, folks from Bordeaux, Madrid, and Dakar.
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