• Courtesy of Charles Ward

    Cane River Creole

    National Historical Park Louisiana

People

Magnolia Horse Races

Cane River residents attending the horse races at Magnolia Plantation.

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Genesis of a Culture

A vital branch of the New World culture we know as Creole took root in the rich soil along Cane river in 18th-century Louisiana. It was a culture nurtured by French and Spanish colonial ways, steeped in Africanisms, and enriched by American Indian contact.

To learn more about these specific groups, clink on the links below.

French

Spanish

Africans

American Indians

Did You Know?

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Like other landowners in the French colony of Louisiana, the Prud’hommes and Hertzogs harvested young pigeons for a delicacy called “squab.” Pigeonniers on the plantations reflected the owners' wealth and status.