Yesterday we did a walking tour of the French Quarters and thought that we were done with the city. But upon returning home, however, we discovered that we could learn more about the Duparc-Locoul family by taking the Le Monde Creole Tour in the old French Quarter.We returned to that area of the city today and learned a great deal more about the Creole history of New Orleans. I am afraid that in my last posting I presented a rather simplistic view of who the Creole is. Our tour guide today put it rather succinctly when he said that they were native born people but of foreign parentage. The French who came to this country intermingled with the native Americans, West Africans, and Latin Americans. Laura Locoul was the fourth generation of her family who came from France, and was a Creole. Her family's plantation afforded the family a great deal of wealth. It was a working sugarcane plantation nine months out of the year. From December to March the family lived in New Orleans in the homes they owned there. On our tour we saw a couple of the homes, one of which is now the Oliver House Hotel. Elizabeth Duparc, Laura's grandmother, spent her retirement years in that building, pictured below.