The Expulsion of the Acadians (also known as the Great Upheaval, the Great Expulsion, The Deportation, the Acadian Expulsion, Le Grand Dérangement) was the forced removal by the British of the Acadian people from present day Canadian Maritime provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island (an area also known as Acadie). The Expulsion (1755–1763) occurred during the French and Indian War.

Reveille, the adopted anthem of Acadians, commemorating "le grande derangement" the forced deportation of the Acadians from Atlantic Canada in 1755. Sung here by Zachary Richard at Acadian World Congress in New Brunswick. Zachary, from Lafayette, Louisiana wrote the song.

The Deportation of the Acadians by the British .Acadians awaiting deportation from Nantes, France to Louisiana

Yes, Thanks! CAJUN ('ka:-j@n), n. A person of French Canadian descent born or living along the bayous, marshes, and prairies of southern Louisiana. The word Cajun began in 19th century Acadie (now Nova Scotia, Canada) when the Acadians began to arrive. The French of noble ancestry would say, "les Acadiens", while some referred to the Acadians as "le 'Cadiens", dropping the "A". Later came the Americans who could not pronounce "Acadien" or "'Cadien", so the word "Cajun" was born.

L'Acadie Acadia was made up of the present Atlantic provinces of Canada : New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (then known as Île St. Jean), parts of Newfoundland, and parts of Maine. Unfortunately, this peaceful beginning was followed by 150 years of struggle between the French and English for control of the continent. Except for some short periods of British occupation, Acadia remained French up to 1713. The inlet of Port Royal is shown in an exaggerated .

Acadian Genealogy Homepage; Definitions of Common Acadian Terms.

Acadian Memorial - The Arrival of the Acadians mural - St. Martinville

8 mile long Confederation Bridge which connects Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, Canada.

The Acadians are first Canadian settlers originating from France who were deported out of their homes and off their land in Nova Scotia by British Soldiers in 1755. Some families were scattered deeper into Canada but most went south into Florida and Louisiana where the word Acadian was shortened to 'Cajun'. My family stems from these roots

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

This is the Swedish warship Vasa, it sank in 1628 and was recovered from the ocean in 1961 almost completely intact. This is the only remaining intact ship from the 1600's. This ship is housed in The Vasa Museum in Stockholm Sweden. A museum built around the ship.

Map of Scottish Clans under Robert the Bruce, 1314

Louisiana Acadian (Cajuns) Homes The Acadians (French: Acadiens, IPA: [akadjɛ̃]) are the descendants of the seventeenth-century French colonists who settled in Acadia (located in the Canadian Maritime provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and in the US state of Maine).

17th-century French colonists settled in Acadia, a colony of New France. The colony was located in what is now Eastern Canada's Maritime, as well as part of Quebec. Although today most of the Acadians and Québécois are French speaking, Acadia was a distinct colony of New France, and was geographically and administratively separate from the French colony of Canada (modern day Quebec), which led to Acadians and Québécois developing two rather distinct histories and cultures

Acadian Memorial Cross

New Orleans, 1937

Acadian fatherland: Acadia (French Acadie), French colony in northeastern North America between 1604 and 1713. The origins of the name Acadia have been traced to Mi'kmaq words and to the Latin word arcadia (a rustic paradise).

From 1841 to 1850, immigration from Europe totaled more than 1.7 million, including 780,000 Irish, who fled poverty and death from the potato famine of 1845-49. To divert the Irish exodus and help settle Canada, the British offered bargain fares of 15 shillings, instead of 100 shillings. Thousands took advantage and went to Canada on what became known as the "coffin ships" because of their high death rates.

The sad history of state-sponsored ethnic cleansing in North America begins with the story of the 18th century expulsion of the Acadians by the British. Professor Amy Sturgis explains that the Acadians were peaceful French colonists who had prospered in Nova Scotia.