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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

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(p.188) 6 The Creole Capital
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Creole City
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Nathalie Dessens

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060200.003.0007

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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