June 28, 2013



The New Acadia Project

Proget Nouvelle Acadie

 The New Acadia Project is a multidisciplinary research effort designed to systematically locate, identify, and investigate the eighteenth-century homesteads and unmarked gravesites of Acadian exiles in south-central Louisiana.

In 1765 Joseph Broussard, also known as Beausoleil, led a group of 193 Acadians to New Orleans.

The colonial government of Louisiana provisioned the Acadian families and directed them to settle in the Attakapas District along the banks of the Bayou Teche.

Within months of their arrival they were afflicted with a virulent epidemic, possibly yellow fever. As many as 34 died between the summer and winter of 1765, including Beausoleil and his brother, Alexandre Broussard.

These pioneers and founders of Nouvelle Acadie were buried at the places they had initially settled, known as le dernier camp d'en bas, premier camp d'en bas, and camp Beausoleil.

The Acadian camps and gravesites are thought to be located on the Teche Ridge, between St. Martinville and New Iberia, in the vicinity of the present-day village of Loreauville.

New Acadia Project Steering Committee
Acadian Heritage & Culture Foundation, Inc.
203 South Broadway - Erath, Louisiana 70533


June 17, 2013



Nearly 260 years ago a small group of refugees landed on the shores of Maryland against their will.

The year was 1755, during the outset of the French and Indian War, but a different war was being waged against the French Catholics – known as Acadians – as they were expelled from their lands in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Four shiploads, carrying about 900 Acadians, were unloaded on the shores of Maryland in November 1755 and by 1770 the majority of these displaced Acadians left by ship to Louisiana.

Rarely discussed in history books, these Acadian people were the early settlers of Oxford, Newtown (today Chestertown), Georgetown, Fredericktown, Baltimore, Annapolis, Upper Marlboro, Lower Marlboro and Port Tobacco and many of their names are found in the Maryland 1763 Acadian census. -

See more at: http://delmarvatowncrier.com/archives/maryland-historical-trust-sign-being-unveiled-celebrating-acadian-heritage/#sthash.Rw7K8te9.dpuf 

 The dedication of the Acadian Heritage Sign will be Sunday, July 28, 2013

 at 3:00 pm in Princess Anne, Maryland.

It will take place at the Manokin River Park which is at 30300 Manokin Avenue.

You are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Several folks from Louisiana will be attending and speaking at the event as well as a large contingent

from Maryland and the surrounding area.

Martin Guidry

June 15, 2013


An Acadian Parish Remembered

The Registers of St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, 1702-1755

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Baptism   Marie Joseph La Bauve   9 June 1713  
Marriage   Fran├žois Bastarache and Agnes La Bauve   8 January 1714  
Marriage   Jean Baptiste Levron and Fran├žoise La Bauve   13 January 1716  
Marriage   Louis Hebert and Anne Marie La Bauve   18 May 1722  
Marriage   Jean de La Bauve and Magdelaine Levron   11 August 1722  

June 02, 2013


On June 26, 1756, the noise of the stevedores and sailors, prostitutes and drunks who worked and caroused in Liverpool’s docks was briefly stilled. They stopped to watch as an 86 ton sloop, ‘The Industry’, tied up alongside. Below decks there was not the shipment of rum they might have expected; no coffee or cotton, tobacco or timber, not even a consignment of slaves on which so much of the city’s wealth was based.

These unfortunates were known as Acadians, descendants of French settlers who had sailed to Nova Scotia 150 years before and lived there peaceably until they were subjected to British rule and forcibly expelled in 1755.

In his book, ‘Crucible of War’, an account of the battle for power in North America between France and Britain, historian Fred Anderson, described the expulsion as ‘chillingly reminiscent of modern ethnic cleansing operations…executed with a coldness and calculation rarely seen in other wartime operations.’

The Acadians were no threat, in fact, they prided themselves on their neutrality, refusing to fight for either France or Britain but, quite simply, they were in the way. Almost the entire population was ‘removed’, as the British governor put it, and of a population of about 18,000, as many as 14,000 were exiled. Some estimate that eventually 8,000 died. As Henry Longfellow wrote in ‘Evangeline’, his verse saga about a young couple split by the expulsion: ‘Waste are those pleasant farms, and the farmers forever departed! Scattered like dust and leaves…’

In 1785, when the handful of the exiles who had survived the 30 years since the Great Expulsion had given up hope of a free and fair existence, a French businessman offered to resettle them in Spanish-owned Louisiana. Many had been offered schemes like this before and died in their thousands working like slaves in the French colonies of Haiti and Guyana, even the Falkland Islands. Nevertheless so miserable was their lot that, reluctantly, sceptically, they sailed to New Orleans.

For once, their doubts were unfounded. There were settlements as they had been promised but by the time LeBlanc and his family settled on a bayou off the River Mississippi in the summer of ’85 he had spent more than half his life as an exile. He died within a year aged 56.

In time, the name Acadian became corrupted. Today the descendants of LeBlanc and his exiled comrades are known as Cajuns.

•Richard Holledge has written a novel about the Acadian Expulsion and the time Jambo LeBlanc and his comrades spent in Liverpool. ‘The Scattered’ is available on Amazon and Kindle.