Louisiana Creole and Cajun Cultures in Perspective by Kathleen Tracy

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48— Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images; p. 50—Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans; p. 52—John Shearer/ Invision/AP; p. com/Newscom; p. 57—Daniel DeSlover/ZUMA Press/ Newscom.

With nearly half a million slaves to work its sugar and coffee plantations, Saint-Domingue became very profitable even though the slaves worked under especially harsh conditions. In the wake of the French Revolution in 1789, the ideals of freedom spread to the colony. Two years later, the slaves rose in open revolt. Many white and mixedrace slave owners who were living on the island were either killed or fled. Some of the refugees came to New Orleans. Black Haitian rebels attack French troops in September 1802.

Plaçage (plah-KAZH)—A common-law marriage between a white man and a woman of color or mixed race. voodoo (VOOH-doo)—A Caribbean religion combining elements of Roman Catholicism and African rituals. zydeco (ZIGH-duh-coh)—A lively blend of French and Caribbean music, often played with guitar, washboard, and accordion. Photo Credits: All design elements from Thinkstock/Sharon Beck; Cover—pp. 1, 3, 7, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 34, 35, 41— Thinkstock; pp. 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 38–39, 40, 46–47, 55, 56—cc-by-sa; p.

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