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The word Creole is derived from the Latin creare, meaning "to beget" or "create."

It was used initially for the first-born descendants of the French and Spanish born in the West Indies. Since some of these were children of French and Spanish and Slaves or Free Persons of Color, the term "Creole of Color" was used for the mixed-race descendants.

In Louisiana today, the term Creole normally refers to the descendants of the Creoles of Color. The term "French Creole" is used to describe the descendants of the original white Creoles.

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