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Creole CityA Chronicle of Early American New Orleans$
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Nathalie Dessens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060200

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060200.001.0001

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Creole City

Nathalie Dessens

University Press of Florida

The introduction situates the protagonists of the correspondence, Jean Boze and Henri de Sainte-Gême, within the nineteenth-century Atlantic world and presents the correspondence. It also contextualizes New Orleans in the young American Republic, introducing the main purpose of the book, which is--instead of a comprehensive history of early American New Orleans--to reproduce a very personal description of what Jean Boze, with his past, origins, education, and experience, saw unfold before his eyes. The introduction also sets the main dialectics of the book, that of continuity and change, and its ultimate purpose: to understand how, through rich and complex processes, New Orleans became the Creole capital of the United States.

Keywords:   New Orleans, nineteenth century, Atlantic World, Jean Boze, Henri de Sainte-Gême, Young American Republic

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