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Creole: American (Louisiana) – Zócalo Poets
Photograph of a 19th cetury Creole man | he Creole people of Louisiana are descended from 18th-century colonial settlers of French – and sometimes Spanish – descent, with those of African descent via American slavery. Many Creoles in the 19th century were mixed-race people. This also included Native-American ancestry in some families. The word Creole itself has many different meanings, depending on which country, culture, and language where it is in use – throughout The Americas.
Louisiana Creoles who emigrated to Mexico to excape Jim Crow. After the American Civil War, many of the Creoles of Color lost their status and were made to join the ranks of the poverty-stricken ex-slaves. Having the advantage of education and financial resources, more options were open to them. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against them with Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, a number fled the U.S. to settle in Latin America and the Caribbean.