Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $11.98
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 49%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $11.98   
  • New (6) from $20.13   
  • Used (6) from $11.98   


Although a number of important studies of American slavery have explored the formation of slave cultures in the English colonies, no book until now has undertaken a comprehensive assessment of the development of the distinctive Afro-Creole culture of colonial Louisiana. This culture, based upon a separate language community with its own folkloric, musical, religious, and historical traditions, was created by slaves brought directly from Africa to Louisiana before 1731. It still survives as the acknowledged cultural heritage of tens of thousands of people of all races in the southern part of the state. In this pathbreaking work, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall studies Louisiana's creole slave community during the eighteenth century, focusing on the slaves' African origins, the evolution of their own language and culture, and the role they played in the formation of the broader society, economy, and culture of the region. Hall bases her study on research in a wide range of archival sources in Louisiana, France, and Spain and employs several disciplines--history, anthropology, linguistics, and folklore--in her analysis. Among the topics she considers are the French slave trade from Africa to Louisiana, the ethnic origins of the slaves, and relations between African slaves and native Indians. She gives special consideration to race mixture between Africans, Indians, and whites; to the role of slaves in the Natchez Uprising of 1729; to slave unrest and conspiracies, including the Pointe Coupee conspiracies of 1791 and 1795; and to the development of communities of runaway slaves in the cypress swamps around New Orleans.

LSU Press

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Hall (history, Rutgers U.) studies Louisiana's Creole slave community during the 18th-century, focusing on the slaves' African origins, the evolution of their own language and culture, and the role they played in the formation of the broader society, economy, and culture of the region. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807119990
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 689,312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Consulting Research Professor at the University of New Orleans and professor of history at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, is also the author of Social Control in Slave Plantation Societies: A Comparison of St. Domingue and Cuba.

LSU Press


LSU Press

LSU Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Short Titles
Ch. 1 Settlers, Soldiers, Indians, and Officials: The Chaos of French Rule 1
Ch. 2 Senegambia During the French Slave Trade to Louisiana 28
Ch. 3 Death and Revolt: The French Slave Trade to Louisiana 56
Ch. 4 The Bambara in Louisiana: From the Natchez Uprising to the Samba Bambara Conspiracy 96
Ch. 5 French New Orleans: Technology, Skills, Labor, Escape, Treatment 119
Ch. 6 The Creole Slaves: Origin, Family, Language, Folklore 156
Ch. 7 Bas du Fleuve: The Creole Slaves Adapt to the Cypress Swamp 201
Ch. 8 The Pointe Coupee Post: Race Mixture and Freedom at a Frontier Settlement 237
Ch. 9 Re-Africanization Under Spanish Rule 275
Ch. 10 Unrest During the Early 1790s 316
Ch. 11 The 1795 Conspiracy in Pointe Coupee 343
Conclusion 375
Appendix A Basic Facts About All Slave-Trade Voyages from Africa to Louisiana During the French Regime 381
Appendix B African Nations of Slaves Accused of Crimes in Records of the Superior Council of Louisiana 398
Appendix C Slaves Found in Pointe Coupee Inventories Between 1771 and 1802: Breakdown by Origin, Nation, Sex, and Percentage in Population 402
Appendix D Evidence of Widespread Survival of African Names in Colonial Louisiana 407
Note on Sources 413
Index 423
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)