History and Culture

Articles on History and Culture

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Marie Laveau – Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

Voodoo is one of many things New Orleans is famous for. Many tourists travel from all over to New Orleans to experience this mysticism, to buy voodoo dolls and potions, and to hear strange stories of possession...

Saint Kitts

Brimstone Hill fortress, in Saint Kitts, is probably the best-fortified strategic location one can find in the Windward Islands.The fort was known as ‘The Gibraltar of the West Indies’ in reference to its s...
Frescoes in the Ruins of the old city of Pompeii

Art on the Walls of Pompeii

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii, creating a time capsule from that period and place. The people may be dead, but most of the walls remain, and the art on them reveals much about life in 79 CE....

Secrets of the Caribbean Fortresses

-A film by Patrick Baucelin Forts and fortresses in the Caribbean were the only defense against invasions sometimes by English, sometimes by French, Dutch  and Spanish.All known or unknown, in ruins, resto...

Louisiana Creole Tradition

Louisiana's Creole culture is a rich mélange of food, music and religious tradition going back to early colonial times when French and Spanish settlers first arrived on American shores from Europe. The term "Cr...
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 ...