Chef's Notes: Gumbo came to the United States through West Africa, as part of the Atlantic slave trade. In fact, gumbo is a traditional African word for "okra." As the dish traveled through the South, it was influenced by each region. There's Creole gumbo, which is roux-based, and Cajun-style gumbo, which is made with tomatoes. This version is Creole, but try different kinds so you can see just how diverse the dish can be.