French and Creole on St. Barth and St. Thomas

  • Julianne Maher
Part of the Topics in Language and Linguistics book series (TLLI)


In the northeast sector of the Caribbean lies a very small island where the French traditions of its earliest settlers are alive and evident to even the most casual observer (Figure 1). Despite the influence of the surrounding English islands, St. Barthélemy, or St. Barth, has maintained its French character and, to some extent, the rural Old World atmosphere of a mountainous region dotted with small villages. While the advent of tourism has begun to change its quiet nature, evidence of the old crafts and customs is still apparent. As in Louisiana, however, this image of a simple traditional society masks a far more complex reality.


Fishing Community Virgin Island Early Settler Census Record Slave Population 
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  • Julianne Maher
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  1. 1.Office of the Academic Vice PresidentElon CollegeElonUSA

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