By Cassie Deveaux Cohoon
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Published: Oct. 10, 2012
Words: 79,914 (approximate)
They say it was the women of Acadia who kept the dream of their homeland alive and preserved its culture. The author explores the lives of several generations of these women whose stories do not appear in the chronicles of history, and also what being Acadian means for a modern woman who feels alienated from her Acadian roots and questions her identity.
The Acadians are descendants of the French settlers who established the first permanent white settlement in North America on Ile Ste. Croix, in the Bay of Fundy, in 1604. During the following century and a half, while their mother country France waged war with England, and the new land of Acadia changed hands between them ten times, the Acadians continued to clear the forests and reclaim fertile land from the sea. In 1755, under British rule, they were brutally removed from their rich farmlands and scattered to various parts of the world. After the end of the Seven Years War in 1763, some Acadians returned to live under British rule and some remained in other lands. Their descendants, whether they live on the land that was once Acadia or in exile, still consider themselves Acadian because their mothers and grandmothers kept the dream alive.
, new france
, seven years war
, ile royale
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