What does it mean to be a Louisiana Creole?
Louisiana Creole is a term used to describe people whose ancestry traces to the state of Louisiana prior to the territory being acquired by the U.S. in the Louisiana Purchase. These people are mainly of French, Spanish, Native American, Afro Caribbean, African heritage or a mixture of these heritages. Louisiana Creoles or “Free People of Color” were very successful during the antebellum period (Before American Civil War), and also spoke French and English but they did not have all of the rights of their white counterparts. To be creole you do not have to be “light skin”. Creole people come in all different shades.