All the history on the Acadians was handed down orally, except the minor excerpts in the school history books.
Due to people interested in genealogy, and after years of researching documents in Europe, Canada and the United States a number of good books were written on the history of the Acadians. I grew up knowing that I was of a different culture then the Americans (*1) living amongst us or the Creole from New Orleans. My uneducated parents could not give me the background of the Acadian people, except what was handed down orally. But so much is lost and myth and misconception replaces history.
James Domengeaux founder of CODIFIL wrote: The schools took French away from us. Moreover we are responsible for this, because it was our Acadian teachers who punished us for speaking French. They refused to teach us about our language and culture something that was within our right as free people living in a democratic society.
Acadia was a province or colony of NEW FRANCE. Geographically, the term was never clearly defined, but it always referred to at least part of today's Maritime Provinces of Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) and to part of Maine.
Given very little economic support by France and finding itself a pawn in the colonial power struggle among France, Holland, and Britain. Isolated from the heavily traveled sea- lanes to Boston and Quebec the colony had no choice but to become virtually self-sufficient. It lived off agriculture, fishing, and trade. Therefore helped to formulate the beginning of a distinctive Acadian identity.
/Histoire Et Genealogie Des Acadiens; By Bona Arsenault.
/Corrections and Additions to Bona Arsenault; by Janet B. Jehn
/Discreancies Within Bona Arsenault's Histoire et Genealogyie des Acadiens; compiled by Don Boudreaux
/Acadian Exiles in the Colonies; by Janet B. Jehn
/ Acadians in Exile ; By Rev. Donald J. Hebert
/ Southwest Louisiana Records (41 Volume) ; By Rev. Donald J. Hebert
/ South Louisiana Records (12 Volume) ; By Rev. Donald J. Hebert
/Vital Records Index Nooth America; Family History Resource Files
/ Les Indomptes ; By Simone Vincens
/ Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec ; By Adrien Bergeron
/ Exile Without An End ; by Chapman J. Milling
/ The Lejeunes of Acadia and the Youngs of Southwest Louisiana ; by John A. Young.
/ Acadian Odyssey ; by Rev. Oscar W. Winzerling
/ Acadians in Maryland ; by Gregory A. wood
/ Acadian Exiles in Saint-Malo 1758-1785 (3) three Volumes; by Albert J Bobichaux
/Acadian Exiles Chatellerault 1773-1785; by Albert J Bobichaux
/Acadian Exiles in Nantes 1775-1785 ; by Albert J Bobichaux
/ Histoire du Cap-Sable ; by Clarence J. d'Entremont
/ Acadian census 1671- 1752 ; by Charles C. Trahan
/The Village of Chartres in Colonial Illinois 1720-1765 ; by Brown and Dean
/Tears, Love and Laughter ; by Pierre V. Daigje
/ Vermilion Parish census 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1900 ; by Harvey Adams
/ Lafayette census 1850, 1860 and 1880 ; by Harvey Adams
/St. Landry parish census 1850 and 1860 ; by John A. Young
/Calcasieu Parish census 1850 and 1860 ; by Geneva Bailey Seymour
/The Acadian Exiles in the American Colonies 1755-1768 ; by Milton and Norma Rieder
/Selected Acadian and Louisiana Church Records (2) Two Volumes ; by Rev. George A. Bodin
/The Acadians in France 1762-1776 ; by Milton and Norma Rieder
/Acadians in France Volume II, by Milton and Norma Rieder
/Belle-Isle-en-Mer Rgisters, Sieur de La Rochette Papers ; by Milton and Norma Rieder
/The Acadians in France Volume III ; by Milton and Norma Rieder
/The Dartez News Letter ; by Louis and Barbara Dartez
/First Settlers of Pointe Coupee 1737-1750 ; by Winston Deville
/Louisiana Recruits 1752-1758 ; by Winston Deville
/Plaquemines The Empire Parish ; by J. Ben Meyers, Sr.
/Immigration and War Louisiana : 1718-1721 ; edited by Glenn R. Conrad
/History of The Acadians ; By Bona Arsenault
/Daily Life in Early Canada ; by Douville Raymond
/History of Canada ; by Kennith McNaught
/The Acadian Miracle ; by Dudley J. Leblanc
/The Founding of New Acadia ; by Carl A. Brasseaux
/Acadian to Cajun ; by Carl A. Brasseaux
/In Search of Evangeline ; by Carl A. Brasseaux
/Scattered to the Wind ; by Carl A. Brasseaux
/ The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist ; published in 1996
/The Cajuns ; by William Faulkner Rushton
/The Cajuns, Essays on Their History and Culture ; by Glen R. Conrad
/The People Called Cajuns ; by James H. Dormon
/The truth About the Cajuns ; by Trent Angers
/Louisiana French Heritage ; by Truman Stacey
/A Historical Journal of The Establishment of The French in Louisiana ; by Jean Baptiste Benard
/A History of St. Mary Parish ; by Bernard Broussard
/History of Vermilion Parish Louisiana ; by The Vermilion Historical Society
/ Cajun Country ; By Barry Jean Ancelet, Jay Edwards and Glen Pitre
/Dictionary of Canadian Biography ; Editor George W. Brown
/Saints and Strangers ; by George F. Willison
/ Southwest Louisiana Biographical and Historical ; by William Henry Perrin
/Louisiana French Folk Songs ; by Irene Therese Whitfield
/Fortier's History of Louisiana ; by Alcee Fortier
/ Cajun Music ; by Ann Allen Savoy
/ Cajun Music Its Origins and Development ; by Barry Jean Ancelet
/ Traditional Cajun Dance Music ; by Raymond E. Francois
This page is still under construction please bear with me.
By Whitney Dartez