Acadians Arrive

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In 1764, a few Acadians, whose ancestors had settled the province of Acadia or Nova Scotia, arrived in the colony, and a few settled on the German Coast. However, the great Acadian migration to Louisiana started in 1765, when most settled above the German Coast on what would come to be called the Acadian Coast (St. James Parish). The Louisiana colony attracted the Acadians because of the French influence that affected the religion, tradition, and language of the region.

The First Cajuns
After many years without a homeland, these steadfast Acadians reached their long sought “Land of the Oaks” and became Cajuns. The Saga of the Acadians by George Rodrigue, 1985-1989.

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Further Reading

Letter from O’Reilly to Arriaga
Annual Report of the American Historical Association, 1945

The Persistence of French Creole Culture in Louisiana
By Norman Marmillion

St. James: The First Acadian Coast
By Henry E. Yoes III
River Parish Focus
Vol. 1 No. 3
August 1978

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