Every face tells a story – New Orleans

Like most of the USA, New Orleans in Louisiana is very much a mixture of races, ethnicities.

Large portions of North America, including Louisiana, were claimed by Spain and France as colonies from the mid-1600s until the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803.

Louisiana people descended from those earliest colonial times were known as ‘Creoles’.

Later in the mid 1700s, so-called French ‘Cajuns’ (Arcadians) arrived from ‘Arcadia’ in Canada, after expulsion by the British.

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Ronnie Beaulieu is ‘Cajun’, a descendent of the 18th century Arcadians from Nova Scotia.

Today, 60% of New Orleanians and one-third of Louisiana people are Black African-Americans – originally slaves brought from West Africa by French colonialists in the early 1700s (in addition to native American slaves).

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James

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Isabel

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Brandon

There was also an influx of refugees and some slaves, from Haiti after the Haitian Revolution in the 1790s.

Slavery ended after the American Civil War.  Slavery was abolished in Louisiana in 1864.

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Boa girl

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Daniel E. Farrow

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Cheyenne – Grandpa

There were of course indigenous American Indians, originally.

Germans also, settled north of New Orleans from the early 1700s to the 1850s.

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Marty – of German descent.

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Mark – from German & French ancestry.

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Jack – 86 yrs old, originally from Indiana.

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(Snowball – 6 yr old Chihuahua.)

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Giselle and Ritto

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Sugar and Walter

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Rolling Joe

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Derrick

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Sherman

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‘Uncle Shadow’ (Welmon Sharlhorne) – pen and ink artist

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Alto man

If interested, more New Orleans images . . . . . .

https://www.flickr.com/photos/owenyoung/albums/72157656763379544

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