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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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The Creole Capital

The Creole Capital

(p.188) 6 The Creole Capital
Creole City

Nathalie Dessens

University Press of Florida

New Orleans was thus, in the early American era, an extremely cosmopolitan city where racial and ethnic groups met, where new immigrants from Europe cohabited with long-established Louisiana families and seasoned colonials from Saint-Domingue. Catholics coexisted with Protestants; speakers of French, German, and Spanish lived among Anglophones coming from Europe and Anglo-Saxon North America. Such a variegated juxtaposition of racial and ethnic groups could only be productive of a new society. Showing how diversity made for a specific cultural wealth, but also how reconfigurations occurred among the main groups composing the New Orleans society, and how, through progressively increased interaction and a blurring of cultural segregation, the groups influenced and acculturated each other and produced a unique common cultural blend, chapter 6 reassesses New Orleans's distinctiveness in North America.

Keywords:   Catholics, Protestants, French speakers, Anglophones, Diversity, Cultural wealth, Reconfigurations, Interaction, Segregation, New Orleans

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