New Orleans Style

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Red Beans and Rice


New Orleans prior Louisiana Purchase

The indigeneous


Real History, Not Taught in Your Fabulous Schools: How Early French  Colonizers, RAPED, Native Indigenous women, and many became CREOLES from  such tragedy, and how some French colonizers married the native  indigenous women. How did the offspring become CREOLES with African  features, BECAUSE they were Africans, already here in America. Many  French colonizers, after expelled from Nova Scotia, (The Acadians) came  to the Louisiana territory and became the Cajuns.) Their inhabiting the  area and mixing with the indigenous, brought forth the French Creoles  (The Indigneous). 

The arrival of French colonists set off a  chain reaction of disease and dislocation in Indian communities  throughout the Gulf Coast area. American Indigenous people had never  been exposed to the diseases Europeans brought with them, and  consequently lacked the immunities Europeans had built up over countless  generations of exposure. Entire villages were destroyed in epidemics.  The Chitimachas of New Orleans were WIPED OUT. (BLACK FOLKS)






Congo Square



The city leaders allowed the slaves to congregate, but outside the  city, in an open area just outside the original city, north of Rampart  Street. This area became known as the Place des Negres, more commonly as  Place Congo. By the time the Americans took control, the city had grown  past the Vieux Carre, and this gathering point was called Congo Square.  Congo Square was the place where black slaves could once again be  Africans, even if for just one afternoon a week. They would bring drums,  bells, and other musical instruments to the square and gather, roughly  by tribe, to play music, sing, and dance.

What separated New Orleans from the British colonies was the more  laid-back attitude of the French and Spanish in terms of treatment of  slaves. The Catholics in New Orleans followed the old Code Noir (Black  Code), which was a much less harsh overall set of guidelines than what  the Protestant British followed. Additionally, the Catholics, even the  Spanish, usually did not concern themselves with the “African” aspects  of slave life and culture that their slaves kept. The British planters  demanded their slaves take up Christianity (and the slaves did so, at  least in outward forms), and African-based music, song and dance were  not permitted. These trends continued after the American Revolution by  the original states. When New Orleans (along with the rest of Louisiana)  became part of the U.S., it took time for American ways to merge with  the Continental philosophy.

Faubourg - Treme


Long ago during slavery, Faubourg Treme was home to the largest  community of free black people in the Deep South and a hotbed of  political and artistic ferment. Here black and white, free and enslaved,  rich and poor co-habitated, collaborated, and clashed to create  America’s first civil rights movement and much of what defines New  Orleans culture up to the present day. In many ways its story  encapsulates the dramatic path of African American history over the  centuries. Executive produced by Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Nelson,  "Faubourg Treme" is a riveting tale of hope, resistance, and  heartbreak.  It sheds important new light on both African American  history and current issues of racial inequality. This is the true story  of the neighborhood that inspired David Simon’s fictional HBO television  series “Treme”. 

Les Gens de Couleur Libres


The Les Gens de Couleur Libres of New Orleans

They were there  before the French/Spanish occupation of the Louisiana Territory and  before the Louisiana Purchase and the 13 Colonies. Once the 13 colonies  acquired the Louisiana Territory, by way of the Louisiana Purchase. Upon  the entry of the Europeans into the Louisiana Territory, they  specifically noticed, on the famed Downtown Canal Street, an obvious  disbelief. Such a witnessing like none other. They witnessed, 65% of the  businesses were owned by the Gen de Couleur Libres.

The year 2019 marks the 320th anniversary of French Louisiana. In  conjunction with FrancoFete, the official celebration of the  tricentennial, the fifth annual African Americans in New Orleans exhibit  focuses on the free black community of the Crescent City during the  years before the Civil War. Largely of French or French Caribbean  origin, les gens de couleur libres (the free people of color) formed an  important segment of the New Orleans population. Their contributions to  the history of the city were considerable and enduring. New Orleans  today would be an entirely different place were it not for their  presence.

By the mid-1830s free blacks owned $2.5 million in  property in New Orleans. They had their own schools, usually operated as  small, private institutions in educators' homes. The earliest recorded  school was in 1813 operated by G. Dorefeuille, a free man of color. Some  of the young men and women were sent to France or schools in northern  United States to be educated. At the French opera and theater they had  their box seats in the second tier, on Sundays they attended mass at the  St. Louis Cathedral, and throughout the week they kept a busy social  schedule of balls, parties and meetings of benevolent groups. They acted  in the first theater, founded in 1793 by Madame Derosier of St.  Domingue, attended traveling circuses, and took an avid interest in the  dramatic and musical arts of the city. 

The cultural and social  life of the free Negroes was relatively rich. Dancing, gambling,  drinking, and singing were their major forms of recreation, though they  also attended the theater, opera, the races, cock fights, and circuses.  They organized more than thirty social and benevolent societies during  the antebellum period, and one orphan asylum. The best-known  organizations were La Societe Catholique pour l'Instruction des  Orphelins dans l'Indigence, the Colored Female Benevolent Society of  Louisiana , the Union Bank Society, and the Benevolent Association of  the Veterans of 1815. 

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The Start of Civil Rights Movement


Affects of The Louisiana Purchase


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