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The Acadian Diaspora: An Eighteenth-Century History

Christopher Hodson

Late in 1755, an army of British regulars and Massachusetts volunteers completed one of the cruelest, most successful military campaigns in North American history, capturing and deporting seven thousand French-speaking Catholic Acadians from the province of Nova Scotia, and chasing an equal number into the wilderness of eastern Canada. Thousands of Acadians endured three decades of forced migrations and failed settlements that shuttled them to the coasts of South America, the plantations of the Caribbean, the frigid islands of the South Atlantic, the swamps of Louisiana, and the countryside of central France. The Acadian Diaspora tells their extraordinary story in full for the first time, illuminating a long-forgotten world of imperial desperation, experimental colonies, and naked brutality.

The Acadian Diaspora: An Eighteenth-Century History
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Cajun (Acadian) Americans

An American ethnic group, the Cajuns descend from eighteenth-century exiles from Acadia and other ethnic groups with whom these exiles and their descendants intermarried in southern Louisiana. Cajuns today number more than five hundred thousand, and despite the long-standing stereotype of Cajuns as poor, ignorant rustics, they now occupy every social class and work in virtually every field of human endeavor.

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