The Founding of New Acadia

  • by Carl A. Brasseaux
  • Narrated by Aaron Henkin, Aaron Henkin
  • 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this penetrating study, Carl Brasseaux looks beyond long-standing mythology to provide a critical account of early Acadian culture in Louisiana and the reasons for its survival. He convincingly dispels many received notions about the routes Acadians traveled from Nova Scotia to Louisiana, their original settlement sites, and the patterns of their subsequent migrations within the state, and closely examines the relations of Louisiana's Acadians with their black, Spanish, Indian, and Creole neighbors. As Brasseaux reveals, Acadians' cohesiveness and insularity preserved the core elements of their culture and helped them adjust to new physical and social demands.


What the Critics Say

"A contribution of the highest order. It will undoubtedly remain the defiitive study of the Acadians for many years to come." (Journal of American Studies)


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Customer Reviews

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This book is exceptionally well organized. You can read it front to back and enjoy it or you can keep it for reference book and you will never be disappointed. It covers the entire Cajun experience from beginning to present day. I love this book and it help me much of my writing a novel.
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- Roy Kirby Chaudoir

The Cajun Story 1600-1803

This is wonderful. It tells of how some Frenchmen came to live in Acadia.
It tells how these Acadian came to live life there. It tells how these Acadian were forced to leave and the hardships they faced in diaspora. It tells how they came together again in South Louisiana.
It tells how these Cajuns first thrived amongst the swamps and prairies.
It tells of strong families, innate stubbornness, and joy that still mark these beautiful people.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-16-2012
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks