Things I was somehow unaware of:
There is evidence that Haitian voodoo includes aspects of commedia del'arte characters in their versions of the Loa.
I'm reading The Black Count by Tom Reiss. I'm only on page 43, and my entire impression of 18th century French Caribbean culture is, well, not OVERTHROWN, but definitely modified. You've got both the incredibly brutal "use 'em up until they die and replace 'em" sugar plantation slavery -- but you've ALSO got a class of well-educated, well-respected, highly cultured free black and mixed-race people.
History is always weirder, cooler, and more interesting than we think.