Vodou, also known as Voodoo, Voudoun, and Vodun, was born in West Africa, specifically in Benin, between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago and is still practised there in Ghana, Togo and Nigeria. Voodoo spread across the Atlantic to the Americas through the slave trade between the 16th and 19th centuries. Once there, it diverged and sprouted new but related branches in different countries. For instance, in Brazil, it is known as Candomble, while in Jamaica and Trinidad-Tobago it is called Obeah and Santería (also called Regla de Ocha, Lukumi, or La Regla Lucumi). In Cuba and other Caribbean islands, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and Mexico, the loa are called Orisha. Another branch of Vodou, the one practised in the state of Louisiana and the south-eastern United States, has been heavily influenced by the practices of Spanish and French settlers, as well as the Creole population. Haitian Vodou has been largely shaped by its French influence as well as Christianity.