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"The women of the French Quarter seemed to have their own distinctive flair for fashion, in particular a group of women referred to as "quadroons"; women having one fourth African American and three fourths white blood. " "They were descendants of white plantation owners from Santo Domingo and the most beautiful slave women who were taken as their mistresses. Many of the Quadroons had only one sixty-fourth African blood, but because of social conditions , were kept out of the upper eschelons of society. These ladies did the best they could in their given situations and became mistresses of wealthy white men, who installed them in little houses on Rampart Street. Eventually when the men married within their own class, it was customary to give their quadroons a home and enough money to start their own businesses. ” (via Custard Heart Vintage: Ladies of the French Quarter)

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    Most “beautiful” slave women? I wonder why…
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