By Carl A. Brasseaux

ISBN-10: 0807137235

ISBN-13: 9780807137239

"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique international of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical natural world, and highly spiced indigenous delicacies. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish zone of south Louisiana contains a vast variety of individuals, locations, and occasions. of their historic and pictorial travel of the area, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover extensive this attention-grabbing and complicated world.

As passionate documentarians of all issues Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, tradition, and financial system of Acadiana.

In 2 hundred colour photos of structure, landscapes, flora and fauna, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy heritage nonetheless obvious within the region, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of payment and improvement within the area. 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 song venues, fairs, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and provides a bright portrait of a tradition that keeps to captivate, allure, 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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Locals routinely identify the roadway along Bayou Lafourche as “the longest main street in the world” with more than a little justification. From the nineteenth century to the present, a practically unbroken line of settlement has extended from Donaldsonville to Golden Meadow, and a journey from the stream’s source to its mouth along the “world’s longest main street” has traditionally exposed a cross-section of the area’s economic hierarchy—represented at the polar extremes by opulent antebellum plantation homes to the north and by crude trappers’ cabins to the south.

This problem was compounded by the effects of forced heirship, which dictated the equitable distribution of real estate among surviving heirs in probate proceedings, rapidly reduced French long lots—and consequently farmsteads—into long ribbons of land too narrow to cultivate. The resulting pressures were alleviated by the ready availability of unclaimed lands upstream, but this safety valve disappeared with the onset of the Acadian influx in 1764. Expelled by the British from their Maritime Canadian homeland in 1755 in a massive ethnic cleansing exercise, thousands of Acadian exiles generally were held captive in the Eastern Seaboard colonies or deported to Europe for the duration of the French and Indian War.

The Taensa did not long enjoy the spoils of victory; they relocated to the present Mobile, Alabama, area in 1715. Meanwhile, after a period of wandering, a few dozen Bayougoula survivors eventually settled temporarily along the Mississippi River below present-day New Orleans. By the late 1730s, this tribal fragment had reportedly been absorbed by the Houma, who, like the Bayougoula, had been uprooted by intertribal warfare. After first moving to the banks of Bayou St. John, they migrated to settlement sites near present-day Burnside, where they resided for several decades before relocating to the coastal plain (see chap.

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