A travel piece in the NYT about Acadian northern Maine, one of the more common destinations for my Acadian ancestors after le Grand Dérangement. I plan to make my first visit up there in a few months, once I move to Boston in August.
Some of the refugees had escaped the British roundup, which sent many other Acadians to Louisiana, where some became ancestors of the Cajuns; others made the long walk back from exile in the British colonies, mostly Massachusetts.
The Brits didn’t send any Acadians to Louisiana. The only ones who reached Louisiana were those who did so of their own accord, starting nine years after the roundup. They were there because the Spanish authorities were willing to accept them as settlers, not because the British sent them anywhere. (The British sent them almost entirely to the 13 colonies.)
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