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It only took them seven years to acquire their first slaves, from whom they could order their daily bread rather than request it.
The proselytizing of Christian missionaries was especially reviled.In coastal South Carolina, there are the Gullah people, and in coastal Georgia the Geechies.(.) The Gullah are said to be descended from the Gola people of Angola, and the Geechies from the Gidzi people of Sierra Leone. The French colonizers of Louisiana were virtually all male.They cut pine trees to build Fort Maurepas, the first of several forts in the region.Without even so much as a “Bon jour” to the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Natchez and other nations they had invaded, they planted their flag and declared that tens of millions of acres of land in the Louisiana Territory now belonged to France.After all, they were sworn to friendship through the calumet.
The exchange of gifts was not entirely one directional.
Also, we have the Caribbean and the recent immigrant African communities. In order to understand how this land came to be what it is, we must know its history.
In truth however, the Africans and Caribbean peoples have been coming here for nearly 150 years and blending in, over time, with the Africans already here. This is a story of Indian and African resistance to white colonial rule in Louisiana during the earliest days of French occupation. We must not dismiss the genocide against Indians and Africans or the clever and fierce resistance that Indians and Africans put up in the wake of an unholy tumult perpetrated by Europeans.
Most lacked the knowledge or energy required even to gather nuts and berries or to scoop up the bountiful shellfish that proliferated in the waters around the Gulf of Mexico.
Soldiers at the forts considered a good day’s work was getting drunk by noon and then talking an influential Indian into supplying women to satisfy their sexual appetites.
Indians watched cautiously from a distance, out of sight of the intruders.