A NEW ACADIE
Over 2,500 Acadians settled in the Spanish colony of Louisiana between 1764 and 1788. Although victims of the Deportation, none were deported directly to Louisiana. Acadians made their way to Louisiana from various locations. The first group, four families deported to Georgia in 1755, arrived in New Orleans in 1764.
Several groups arrived from Halifax (Nova Scotia) via the Caribbean, the first one led by Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil. They were joined in the Caribbean by Acadian refugees from the American colonies.
Between 1766 and 1770, over 600 Acadians left Maryland for Louisiana. The largest contingent arrived in seven boats from France in 1785. These Acadians had either been deported to France in 1758 from Ile-Saint-Jean (Prince Edward Island) and Ile-Royale (Cape Breton Island), or to Virginia in 1755 and then to England, finally arriving in France in 1763.
Dissatisfied with conditions in France, about 1,600 of them sailed for Louisiana from the ports of Nantes, Saint- Malo and La Rochelle. Most Acadian refugees were granted land along the Bayous Teche, Lafourche and Terrebonne. Louisiana thus became the New Acadia for a large number of Acadian exiles.
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