By Carl A. Brasseaux
"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique international of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical flora and fauna, and highly spiced indigenous delicacies. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish zone of south Louisiana includes a wide variety of individuals, areas, and occasions. of their historic and pictorial journey of the area, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover intensive this interesting and intricate world.
As passionate documentarians of all issues Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, tradition, and economic system of Acadiana.
In 200 colour photos of structure, landscapes, natural world, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy heritage nonetheless seen within the region, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of cost and improvement within the quarter. Brasseaux brings the tale modern, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.
From living-history sights reminiscent of Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline nation Park to track venues, gala's, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and provides a vibrant portrait of a tradition that maintains to captivate, appeal, and endure.
For all those that are looking to discover those humans and this position, Brasseaux and Gould have supplied an insightful written and visible history.
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Extra resources for Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country
This group, whose numbers were swelled by the arrival of other Acadian immigrants at New Orleans in the spring of 1765, was dispatched to the Bayou Teche region in the Attakapas District, where they evidently disembarked in May. Over the course of the summer, an epidemic decimated the Attakapas Acadian encampments, forcing the surviving exiles to disperse. One group of Acadians migrated across the Atchafalaya basin, arriving in present St. James Parish in mid-September 1765. The arrival of this Acadian subgroup provided the impetus for the establishment of a governmental and, later, an ecclesiastical infrastructure in the area, which would quickly come to be known as the Acadian Coast.
Numerous German and Irish families—including the Kleinpeters, Orys, and Conways—migrated to the area in the late eighteenth century. This continuing immigration, coupled with natural population growth and the local impact of forced heirship, engendered an exodus of young persons who found local land increasingly scarce and unaffordable. Acadian Coast emigrants, who were joined by German Coast settlers displaced by the same causes, generally sought cheaper lands and greater opportunities along Bayou Lafourche.
The first Acadians to settle along the bayou had been forcibly established on the First Acadian Coast (St. James and Ascension parishes) in 1766 by Antonio de Ulloa, Louisiana’s first Spanish governor, as discussed in chapter 2. Ulloa’s arbitrary and unpopular settlement policies resulted in the Acadian participation in a popular uprising that drove the Spaniard from the colony in late October 1768. During the interim between Ulloa’s unceremonious departure and the restoration of Spanish colonial rule in August 1769, numerous Acadian families—at least seventeen—migrated into the upper Lafourche Valley, between the modern communities of Donaldsonville and Labadieville.