Creole History and Culture

Mickey Moran
Mickey Moran

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What Does it Mean to be Creole?

In colonial Louisiana the term "Creole" was used to indicate New World products derived from Old World stock, and could apply to people, architecture, and foodways. Regarding people, Creole historically referred to those born in Louisiana during the French and Spanish periods, regardless of their ethnicity. Today, as in the past, Creole transcends racial boundaries. It connects people to their colonial roots, be they descendants of European settlers, enslaved Africans, or those of mixed heritage, which may include African, French, Spanish, and American Indian influences.

Cane River Creole National Historical Park's Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are excellent places to immerse oneself in the Creole culture and observe their past and continuing contributions to our entire nation.

For more information about Creole culture visit the Creole Heritage Center.

Creole Houses

Creole Identity

Saint Augustine Historical Society

Creoles in Literature

Creole Genealogy

Creole food

Creole Festivals

Creole Stores and Dance Halls

Creole Schools

Creole Education

Early Cane River Landscape

Early Cane River Settlements

Important Creole Sites

Other Resources

NSU Creole Genealogy

NSU Creole Heritage Center

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

400 Rapides Dr. ( Headquarters and Administrative offices)
Natchitoches, LA 71457


(318) 352-0383 x101
Oakland Plantation - 318-352-0383, ext. 316 Magnolia Plantation 318-352-0383, ext. 316 Headquarters - 318-352-0383, ext. 101 (Monday-Friday)

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