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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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(p.215) Conclusion
Creole City

Nathalie Dessens

University Press of Florida

The two decades in which Jean Boze wrote to Henri de Ste-Gême were a wonderfully ebullient period in New Orleans's history. Transitioning, in less than three decades, from a very provincial colonial town to the largest metropolis of the American South was not easy for the Crescent City. The conclusion summarizes this transition as seen through Boze's eyes and suggests in what ways the book complements the most recent historiography by showing how, if New Orleans seems to have often been divided along linguistic lines and according to ethnic origins, the early American period shaped the city's identity in a way that was specific to it. The divisions and oppositions became more indistinct as time went by and the period seems to have been marked by a progressive cultural hybridization, each group adopting part of the other's traditions. They eventually inflected their cultural traditions to bring about a totally new culture, no longer African, or French, or Anglo-Saxon, or of any other origin, but a New Orleans culture, different from anything found in the rest of the United States, making New Orleans the “Creole Capital” of the young nation.

Keywords:   New Orleans, Crescent City, Metropolis, American South, Transition, Identity, Hybridization, Traditions, Culture, Creole capital

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