Posted 09-07-2003 at 10:46:24
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Hey; I just dropped back in and saw the overwhelming response to my posting. I'm sorry if I offended anyone with my statements. I guess our perception of history depends on where we come from and how our history is conveyed. I sought out a website with a little more Canadian slant and this is what it said
A brief history of the Acadians of Nova Scotia
In 1542, Italian explorer Verazzano named part of the eastern coast of North America Arcadia, after the pastoral region of Ancient Greece immortalized in Greek poetry. That coastal region is what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and part of Maine. Over the years, the name changed to Acadia.
In the 17th century, there were a hundred French families in Acadia. The Acadians had a strong sense of community and gradually developed their own culture. They stayed out of disputes between the French and the British and developed friendly relations with the Aboriginal peoples, learning their hunting and fishing techniques.
In the early 18th century, the British government, doubting the neutrality of the Acadians, demanded that they swear allegiance to the British Crown. The issue would cause discord for decades to come. In 1755, British Governor Charles Lawrence decided to settle the matter once and for all by deporting the Acadians from Nova Scotia and dispersing them among the 13 English colonies, from Massachusetts to Georgia.
In 1764, the Acadians were granted permission to return to Nova Scotia; however, they were prohibited from settling in any one area in numbers great enough to form a self-sufficient society. The Acadians therefore spread out along the Nova Scotia coast and remain scattered across Nova Scotia to this day. The greatest concentrations of Acadians are in the following regions: Argyle, Chéticamp, Clare, Annapolis Valley, Halifax-Dartmouth, Pomquet, Richmond and Sydney.
Spence, my apologies, reading your response to poke salllit, I thought that you were saying that Louisiana was settled by the Acadians and I knew that La Salle named Louisiana and that it was owned and governed by France for a time. I would imagine that Louisiana appealed to the french from Acadia because it was already a french settlement. I knew that the British persecuted the Acadians but I did not realize that they actually deported them. Again I apologise.