Louisiana Creoles are those of mixed races. They are descendents of French settlers, African-Americans, and Native Americans. The word Creole comes from the Latin term "crear" which means "create". It was first used in reference to white French colonists who were native to the land and was later used to refer to slaves born in Louisiana. Now it is mainly used to refer to those of mixed races. This is a word that has evolved over time, and the way it is used in this novel is not necessarily accurate by today's definition.