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.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.When their wishes were denied, soldiers often turned to rape and other forms of brutality against Indian women.For more than 20 years, the French interlopers regularly faced starvation.If ever a group of people was so incapable of living independently as to justify the enslavement of others more capable, it was these French trespassers.
The proselytizing of Christian missionaries was especially reviled.After all, they were sworn to friendship through the calumet.The exchange of gifts was not entirely one directional.However, few really celebrate this aspect of their heritage.Fifty years ago, in North Carolina especially, there were large groups of people who saw themselves as Black Indians. Franklin Frazier discusses them in depth in The Negro Family in the United States.Indians watched cautiously from a distance, out of sight of the intruders.