Common Routes

St. Domingue • Louisiana


The Historic New Orleans Collection with Somogy Éditions d’Art 2006
hardcover • 9½" × 11" • 128 pp.
72 color images, 12 b/w images
ISBN 978-2-85056-966-1

Available at The Shop at The Collection for $35

From the earliest European contact through the present day, Saint Domingue (now Haiti) and Louisiana have been bound together by linked economies, cultural enterprises, and peoples. Common Routes was published in conjunction with a groundbreaking exhibition that illuminated this shared history. Complete with full-color reproductions of images and artifacts from the exhibition, and featuring essays by noted scholars, this volume offers stories of individuals rooted in the intersection of cultures and rerouted across oceans in search of fortune or freedom. Among the protagonists are the thousands of émigrés who settled in Louisiana in the wake of the Haitian Revolution. Their civic and artistic contributions imbued New Orleans with the unique cultural dye that marks the city’s character to this day.