Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country by Carl A. Brasseaux

By Carl A. Brasseaux

"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique international of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical natural world, and highly spiced indigenous food. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish sector of south Louisiana features a large variety of individuals, areas, and occasions. of their historic and pictorial travel of the area, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover intensive this attention-grabbing and complicated world.

As passionate documentarians of all issues Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, tradition, and economic climate of Acadiana.

In 200 colour pictures of structure, landscapes, flora and fauna, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy background nonetheless seen within the zone, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of cost and improvement within the sector. Brasseaux brings the tale modern, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.

From living-history sights akin to Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline country Park to song venues, fairs, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and offers a shiny portrait of a tradition that keeps to captivate, allure, and endure.

For all those that are looking to discover those humans and this position, Brasseaux and Gould have supplied an insightful written and visible history.

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Manuel Andry, began coordinating a slave insurrection on the Andry plantation near present-day Norco sometime before the evening of January 8, 1811, when slave insurgents attacked Colonel Andry and his son, killing the latter and wounding the former. The rebels then joined other slaves and an undetermined number of fugitive slaves (maroons) at a predetermined rendezvous site. Marching along the river road toward New Orleans, Charles’s band grew into a small army estimated by eyewitnesses as numbering between 150 and 500 men.

Benjamin F. rear-guard action against a Union force sent to Butler, commander of Union forces in Louisiintercept them. The intensity of the Chacahoula ana, mounted a three-pronged offensive. An skirmish persuaded Union military authorities army under Gen. Godfrey Weitzel was disthat Major’s force was much larger than it actupatched to Donaldsonville to lure Confederally was, and the Union command responded ate forces from the Teche area to the upper Laby withdrawing all Federal units from the Lafourche region’s defense.

German Coast settlers followed their Acadian neighbors into the upper Lafourche region. Like their predecessors, the Creoles and Gallicized Germans residing in the now well established European riverfront settlements above New Orleans were attracted by the frontier area’s abundant vacant lands. These immigrants came into contact with other recent migrants, particularly members of the Houma tribe, which, in the early to mid-1700s was becoming ever more fragmented. In the late 1770s, the region’s polyglot population became increasingly diverse as Louisiana’s Spanish government introduced hundreds of Canary Island (Isleño) immigrants intended to Hispanicize the colony’s overwhelmingly Gallic population.

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