What Is the Difference Between Creole and Cajun and Where Did the Terms Come From?

In Louisiana, Creoles are people who generally live in the southern part of the state whose ancestors were among the original French and Spanish settlers.

The term Creole was first used to refer to those who were born in the colony, as opposed to colonists born in France.

Cajuns are those whose ancestors came from the Acadia region of eastern Canada, and are the descendants of Acadian exiles.

The Cajuns retain a unique dialect of the French language and numerous other cultural traits that distinguish them as an ethnic group.

The French and Spanish influence in Louisiana continues today and is reflected in the traditional foods of the region.

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