Acadian Genealogy

Acadia refers to the area comprising today's New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The first Frenchmen arrived at Port Royal (present-day Annapolis Royal), in 1605. Settlement continued until the early 1700's when, in 1713, Acadia was ceded to the British. Although a large majority of Acadians were exiled from Nova Scotia between 1755 and 1759 (Le Grand Derangement), many escaped to New Brunswick and remained in the more remote areas of that part of Acadia. From there, many traveled back to France, or settled in Quebec as well as in what is now northern Maine. In 1785, many Acadians immigrated to Louisiana where they became known as cajuns.

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