|French Creole or French Colonial style architecture is one of the nation's three major colonial architectural traditions. The other two are British Colonial, as exemplified by the saltbox houses of New England and a later generation of Georgian houses, and the Spanish Colonial, as seen in the missions of California and the southwest. The French Creole building tradition was developed in the French territory of Orleans in the lower Mississippi Valley. There are examples found in the St. Louis, Missouri and Mobile, Alabama areas, as well as other early French colonial outposts, but the overwhelming majority of surviving examples of this style are in Louisiana. These buildings are now unequivocally identified with that latter state's architectural tradition. Indeed, the style in its several forms has come to represent the quintessential Louisiana colonial house.