The Cambridge Dictionary defines a "Creole" person as "a person of mixed African and European origin who speaks a language that is a combination of a European language and an African language" (Cambridge Dictionary). However, the term "Creole" has been associated with many different meanings that have varied over space and time and have seldom broadly referred to a specific combination of ethnicity, race, or linguistic association. In the Americas in the sixteenth century, the term "Creole" initially referred to a person born in either a Spanish or French colony, rather than one who immigrated there from Europe, and therefore the term held no racial, ethnic, or linguistic associations. However, over time the term has come to refer most often to a person of mixed African, Caribbean, and/or European ancestry and to groups speaking languages composed of blended European and African languages. Both the term and often the people it describes represent the blending of cultures, ethnicities, and languages produced by European colonialism in the Americas, the forcible removal of Africans there, and voluntary and involuntary blending of African and Native American cultures with colonialist European ones (Britannica, Wikipedia). CWRGM recognizes the diversity of meanings signified by the term "Creole" and uses the necessarily broad subject tag not to diminish the varied experiences, languages, and cultures of those identified or identifying as Creole, but to make their diverse experiences openly searchable and easily discoverable within the CWRGM database.

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