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Reflection's On Canal

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When Louisiana was sold to Spain, the French were furious and there were a number of bloody uprisings. Although the new Spanish settlers were every bit as proud and snobbish as the French, the two cultures would eventually learn to co-exist peacefully. However, once the territory became a part of the United States, the Creoles were united in the common belief that the raw Americans must be kept separate from their far more cultured company. Canal Street became a kind of dividing line or "commons area" where the Creoles conducted trade, but did not socialize, with the "Americans."