The Cajun Creole people of Louisiana have greatly influenced the flavor, texture and look of gumbo. The Cajuns are an ethnic group living in Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles (French-speaking settlers from parts of what is now Canada). .
The Acadians were evicted from Acadia which has since been resettled and consists of parts of what is now known as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, Canada in the period 1755-1763. They settled in locations along the east cost of the US but most settled in south Louisiana since the area had a French population during that period.
Today, the Acadians make up a significant portion of south Louisiana's population, and have exerted an enormous impact on the state's culture and in particular it's gumbo.
In addition to seafood gumbo and chicken gumbo they have given us unique Music and dancing which has become popular in many areas outside of Louisiana. Products such as Louisiana Hot Sauce, Tabasco , Zatarains, Tony Chachere's and other Cajun Creole food itmes have become famous nationwide for helping cooks add spice and interest to food.
The word "Creole" refers to people of any race or mixture who are descended from settlers in colonial French Louisiana before it became part of the United States in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase.
Contemporary usage has broadened the meaning.......
to describe an extended cultural group of people of all races who share a French or Spanish background. Louisianans who identify themselves as "Creole" are most commonly from historically Francophone communities, with some ancestors who came to Louisiana either directly from France or via the French colonies in the Caribbean.They generally are Roman Catholic
and influenced by the traditional French culture of the early part of the state. The term is also often used to mean simply "pertaining to New Orleans", or Louisiana's People of mixed (mainly) French, Spanish, African American, and Native American heritage.
Gumbo is a rustic combination of wonderful ingredients that when
cooked together form Louisiana's most famous food. Similarly, the
Creoles of Louisiana come from varying cultures and those cultures
together form the unique and most interesting Creole heritage. It is
that heritage that has the most profound influence on food in and around
New Orleans. And of all the food, gumbo stands alone as the most
delicious and sought after dish.
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