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Archaeological Perspectives on the French in the New World$
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Elizabeth M. Scott

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054391

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054391.001.0001

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Archaeological Dimensions of the Acadian Diaspora

Archaeological Dimensions of the Acadian Diaspora

(p.32) 2 Archaeological Dimensions of the Acadian Diaspora
Archaeological Perspectives on the French in the New World

Steven R. Pendery

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2 explores actual and prospective archaeological sites of the Acadians, a culturally distinctive francophone group from the Canadian maritime provinces expelled by the British in 1755 on the eve of the Seven Years War. They were prevented from returning to their Acadian homeland at the war’s conclusion and many relocated to adjacent Canadian provinces. Others were co-opted by the French government to work on colonial labor projects in Saint-Domingue (today’s Haiti) and to settle in outlying parts of French Guiana. Yet others sought to establish New Acadias in Louisiana and along the Saint John River in Maine and New Brunswick. Such settlements typically straddled different ecological zones allowing Acadians to exploit both wild and cultivated food resources. Acadian cultural patterns of behavior, values, and identity persisted but over time blended with those of neighboring groups. Today, the earliest Acadian diaspora sites are threatened by climate change and coastal development.

Keywords:   Acadian, Francophone, Diaspora, Archaeology, Louisiana, climate change

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