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In the 1750s, the French people were ejected from Nova Scotia and sent to the east coast of the United States. The British separated the Acadians into two groups, men and women with the children and shipped to different areas along the east coast. They did this to make the chance of them reuniting extremely difficult. During the journey, over half died on the ships or soon after reaching landfall. When the ones that survived reached the coast, they were not accepted by the colonists who were settled there. Some of the colonists felt that they were rescuing the children from a poor and lowly life. So, they took them into their homes and raised them. The rest were forced to migrate further south until they eventually landed in Southwest Louisiana. With the promise of a place to settle, it drew large numbers to the area. The Acadians hoped that they would be accepted by settlers that were already there. Pg 81
In 1762, Spain took over control of Louisiana. The Acadians were again faced with the threat of being forced out of their land. However, the Spanish were somewhat tolerant of the Acadian people and wanted to complete settling the land. The Spanish offered to transport the Acadians to any area that they wanted to go. Some went south to New Orleans and the rest settled in the areas all the way up to the area of Louisiana, known as “Cajun Country or Acadiana”.

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