June 17, 2013
NEW MARYLAND HISTORICAL SIGN
RECOGNITION GIVEN TO MARYLAND’S ACADIAN HERITAGE
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. -
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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.