History and Culture

Articles on History and Culture

Beautiful ironwork in the French Quarter of New Orleans

French Creole Architecture

Summary: With grace, charm and an enduring ability to provide comfortable living in inhospitable environments, French Creole architecture has long been a design favorite. The origins, influences and examples o...
Texas

Creoles in Texas – “The Afro-Seminoles”

The Historical demography of Texas Many times larger than most European countries, and having been governed by six different nations across its history, to the world at large Texas is locked into the popular H...
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The Caribbean: An Architectural Melting Pot

Turquoise waters give way to white sand beaches, palm trees, brightly colored homes and shops, and then the azure blue sky. This is the lasting and indelible image of the Caribbean that is in the minds of milli...
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Martinique

Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean Sea is the tiny island nation of Martinique. Known mostly as a prime tourist destination for European and North American travelers alike, Martinique also offers one of the ...
French Guiana

History Guiana

French Guiana has a long and rich history that is a reflection of the many immigrant populations that have moved through and settled over the last 500 years. As a French department, the population enjoys a rela...

Identity and Race in the Bayou Country

Louisiana is what many have come to refer to as the northern-most point of Latin America, where créolité, a Latin-based people, culture and consciousness, emerged early in the 1700s. From its earliest stages, t...

Laura Plantation

A Creole Plantation that expresses the unique culture that made Louisiana different from the American mainstream.Along the majestic Mississippi River, about fifty miles from New Orleans stands Laura Plant...

Creole in Trinidad

Trinidad was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 on his third trip to the new world. He named the island “The Trinity” for the three hills he saw when he first landed. Spanish colonization has begun by 1...