Cane River

Red River of the South Louisiana Geographic coordinate system
Fountain in the historic Cane River in Natchitoches, Louisiana
Cane River, formerly the Red River, in Natchitoches.

Cane River (Rivière aux Cannes) is a 30-mile-long (48 km) river[1] formed from a portion of the Red River that is located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it has been best known as the site of a historic Creole de couleur[2] (multiracial) culture that has centers upon the National Historic Landmark Melrose Plantation and nearby St. Augustine Church.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed June 3, 2011
  2. ^ The term of multiracial background créole was applied to all individuals born in the colony of parents from another continent, regardless of color, and to their offspring. Free Creole citizens of multiracial origins were classed Creoles of color, gens de couleur libre, or free people of color. Today, the term Créole, when applied to Louisianians, usually references its historically distinct multiracial culture.