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    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?

Toussaint

Today a few of the direct descendants of Oakland's enslaved (such as Marvin Toussaint, great-great grandson of Minique Toussaint, an Oakland fiddler and carpenter) now actively participate in local historic preservation of African American institutions.