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The Founding of New Acadia: The Beginnings of Acadian Life in Louisiana, 1765-1803 | [Carl A. Brasseaux]

The Founding of New Acadia: The Beginnings of Acadian Life in Louisiana, 1765-1803

In this penetrating study, Carl Brasseaux looks beyond long-standing mythology to provide a critical account of early Acadian culture in Louisiana and the reasons for its survival. He convincingly dispels many received notions about the routes Acadians traveled from Nova Scotia to Louisiana, their original settlement sites, and the patterns of their subsequent migrations within the state, and closely examines the relations of Louisiana's Acadians with their black, Spanish, Indian, and Creole neighbors.
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Publisher's Summary

In this penetrating study, Carl Brasseaux looks beyond long-standing mythology to provide a critical account of early Acadian culture in Louisiana and the reasons for its survival. He convincingly dispels many received notions about the routes Acadians traveled from Nova Scotia to Louisiana, their original settlement sites, and the patterns of their subsequent migrations within the state, and closely examines the relations of Louisiana's Acadians with their black, Spanish, Indian, and Creole neighbors. As Brasseaux reveals, Acadians' cohesiveness and insularity preserved the core elements of their culture and helped them adjust to new physical and social demands.

©1987 Louisiana State University Press (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A contribution of the highest order. It will undoubtedly remain the defiitive study of the Acadians for many years to come." (Journal of American Studies)

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  • Thomas
    United States
    09/12/12
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    "Good overall review"
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    A good overall view of the history if Acadia and the Acadians. Good reader - some repeating of information but it helps keep up with the story. I look forward to more from this writer.

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  • David
    Port Charlotte, FL, United States
    21/08/12
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    "Origins of the Cajuns"
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    I already knew that the French has colonized the area around northern Maine and that it was called Arcadia. I did not know that many of the Arcadians emigrated to Louisiana in the mid 1700's after the British took the territory from the French. The book carries the story into the early 1800's.

    Sometimes history seems like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces always missing. I enjoyed having some of the empty spaces filled by this book.


    What about Aaron Henkin and Aaron Henkin ’s performance did you like?

    The reader spoke precisely and I believe he did a good job pronouncing French and Spanish words.


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    At the end of the book, the author explains his own Cajun background. I had already suspected this was true but it really helped complete the book by hearing some of his own experiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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