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Acadia
Acadia
(1754)

Capital principally Port-Royal

History

 •  Established 1604

 •  British conquest 1713

Acadia
Acadia
(French: Acadie) was a colony of New France
New France
in northeastern North America
North America
that included parts of eastern Quebec, the Maritime provinces, and modern-day Maine
Maine
to the Kennebec River.[1] During much of the 17th and early 18th centuries, Norridgewock
Norridgewock
on the Kennebec River and Castine at the end of the Penobscot River
Penobscot River
were the southernmost settlements of Acadia.[2][3][4] The actual specification by the French government for the territory refers to lands bordering the Atlantic coast, roughly between the 40th and 46th parallels. Later, the territory was divided into the British colonies that became Canadian provinces and American states. The population of Acadia included members of the Wabanaki Confederacy
Wabanaki Confederacy
and descendants of emigrants from France (i.e., Acadians). The two communities intermarried, which resulted in a significant portion of the population of Acadia
Acadia
being Métis. The first capital of Acadia, established in 1605, was Port-Royal. A British force from Virginia
Virginia
attacked and burned down the town in 1613, but it was later rebuilt nearby, where it remained the longest serving capital of French Acadia
Acadia
until the British Siege of Port Royal in 1710.[a] Over seventy-four years there were six colonial wars, in which English and later British interests tried to capture Acadia starting with King William's War
King William's War
in 1689. During these wars, along with some French troops from Quebec, some Acadians, the Wabanaki Confederacy, and French priests continuously raided New England settlements along the border in Maine. While Acadia
Acadia
was officially conquered in 1710 during Queen Anne's War, present-day New Brunswick and much of Maine
Maine
remained contested territory. Present-day Prince Edward Island (Île Saint-Jean) and Cape Breton
Cape Breton
(Île Royale) as agreed under Article XIII of the Treaty of Utrecht
Treaty of Utrecht
remained under French control.[6] By militarily defeating the Wabanaki Confederacy and the French priests, present-day Maine
Maine
fell during Father Rale's War. During King George's War, France and New France
New France
made significant attempts to regain mainland Nova Scotia. After Father Le Loutre's War, present-day New Brunswick
New Brunswick
fell to the British. Finally, during the French and Indian War
French and Indian War
(the North American theatre of the Seven Years' War), both Île Royale and Île Saint-Jean
Île Saint-Jean
fell to the British in 1758. Today, the term Acadia
Acadia
is used to refer to regions of North America that are historically associated with the lands, descendants, or culture of the former French region. It particularly refers to regions of The Maritimes
The Maritimes
with French roots, language, and culture, primarily in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, the Magdalen Islands
Magdalen Islands
and Prince Edward Island, as well as in Maine.[7] It can also be used to refer to the Acadian diaspora in southern Louisiana, a region also referred to as Acadiana. In the abstract, Acadia
Acadia
refers to the existence of a French culture in any of these regions. People living in Acadia, and sometimes former residents and their descendants, are called Acadians, also later known as Cajuns, the English (mis)pronunciation of 'Cadiens, after resettlement in Louisiana.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Territory 3 17th century

3.1 Acadian Civil War 3.2 King Philip's War 3.3 Wabanaki Confederacy 3.4 Catholic missions 3.5 King William's War

4 18th century

4.1 Queen Anne's War 4.2 Dummer's War 4.3 King George's War 4.4 Father Le Loutre's War
Father Le Loutre's War
(1749–1755) 4.5 French and Indian War

5 Notable military figures of Acadia

5.1 17th–18th century

5.1.1 See also

6 Government

6.1 Governance under the British after 1710

7 Demographics 8 Economy 9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

Etymology[edit]

The border between Acadia
Acadia
and New England, as claimed by the French, was the Kennebec River, seen here on a map of modern Maine.

The origin of the designation Acadia
Acadia
is credited to the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who on his 16th-century map applied the ancient Greek name "Arcadia" (note the inclusion of the r) to the entire Atlantic coast north of Virginia. "Arcadia" derives from the Arcadia
Arcadia
district in Greece, which since Classical antiquity
Classical antiquity
had the extended meanings of "refuge" or "idyllic place". The Dictionary of Canadian Biography says: "Arcadia, the name Verrazzano gave to Maryland or Virginia
Virginia
'on account of the beauty of the trees,' made its first cartographical appearance in the 1548 Gastaldo map and is the only name on that map to survive in Canadian usage."[8] In 1603 a colony south of the St. Lawrence River
St. Lawrence River
between the 40th and 46th parallels was chartered by Henry IV, who recognized the territory as La Cadie.[9] Also in the 17th century, Samuel de Champlain
Samuel de Champlain
fixed its present orthography with the r omitted. William Francis Ganong, a cartographer, has shown its gradual progress northeastwards, in a succession of maps, to its resting place in the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Also of note is the similarity in the pronunciation of Acadie and the Míkmawísimk
Míkmawísimk
suffix -akadie, which means "a place of abundance." The modern usage is still seen in place names such as Shunacadie
Shunacadie
(meaning "place of abundant cranberries") or Shubenacadie (meaning "place of abundant wild potatoes"). It is thought that intercultural conversation between early French traders and Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
hunters may have resulted in the name l'Arcadie being changed to l'Acadie.[10] Territory[edit] The borders of French Acadia
Acadia
have never been clearly defined, but the following areas were at some time part of French Acadia :

Present-day Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
with as capital Port Royal. Lost to Great Britain in 1713. Present-day New Brunswick, which remained part of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
until 1784 until becoming its own colony in 1785. Île-Royale, later Cape Breton
Cape Breton
Island, with the Fortress of Louisbourg. Lost to Great Britain in 1763. Île Saint-Jean, later Prince Edward Island. Lost to Great Britain in 1763. The part of present-day Maine
Maine
east of the Kennebec River. Became part of the New England
New England
Colonies in 1727.

17th century[edit] Main articles: Military history of the Mi’kmaq People
Military history of the Mi’kmaq People
and Military history of the Acadians

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The history of Acadia
Acadia
was significantly influenced by the warfare that took place on its soil during the 17th and 18th century.[2] Prior to that time period, the Mi’kmaq lived in Acadia
Acadia
for centuries. The French arrived in 1604, claiming the Mi’kmaq lands for the King of France. Despite this, the Mi’kmaq tolerated the presence of the French in exchange for favours and trade. Catholic Mi’kmaq and Acadians
Acadians
were the predominant populations in the colony for the next 150 years. Early European colonists, who would later become known as Acadians, were French subjects primarily from the Pleumartin
Pleumartin
to Poitiers
Poitiers
in the Vienne
Vienne
département of west-central France. The first French settlement was established by Pierre Dugua des Monts, Governor of Acadia, under the authority of King Henry IV, on Saint Croix Island in 1604. The following year, the settlement was moved across the Bay of Fundy to Port Royal after a difficult winter on the island and deaths from scurvy. In 1607 the colony received bad news: King Henry had revoked Sieur de Monts' royal fur monopoly, citing that the income was insufficient to justify supplying the colony further. Thus recalled, the last of the Acadians
Acadians
left Port Royal in August 1607. Their allies, the native Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
nation, kept careful watch over their possessions, though. When the former lieutenant governor, Jean de Biencourt de Poutrincourt et de Saint-Just, returned in 1610, he found Port Royal just as it was left.[11] During the first 80 years, the French and Acadians
Acadians
were in Acadia, there were ten significant battles as the English, Scottish, Dutch and French fought for possession of the colony. These battles happened at Port Royal, Saint John,[b] Cap de Sable (present-day Port La Tour, Nova Scotia), Jemseg, Castine and Baleine. During the next 74 years, there were six colonial wars that took place in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
and Acadia
Acadia
(see the French and Indian Wars
French and Indian Wars
as well as Father Rale's War
Father Rale's War
and Father Le Loutre's War). These wars were fought between New England
New England
and New France
New France
and their respective native allies before the British defeated the French in North America
North America
(1763). After the British Siege of Port Royal in 1710, mainland Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
was under the control of British colonial government, but both present-day New Brunswick
New Brunswick
and virtually all of present-day Maine
Maine
remained contested territory between New England
New England
and New France. The war was fought on two fronts: the southern border of Acadia, which New France
New France
defined as the Kennebec River
Kennebec River
in southern Maine.[1] The other front was in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
and involved preventing the British from taking the capital of Acadia, Port Royal (See Queen Anne's War), establishing themselves at Canso (See Father Rale's War) and founding Halifax (see Father Le Loutre's War). Acadian Civil War[edit] Main article: Acadian Civil War

Siege of Saint John (1645) – d'Aulnay defeats La Tour in Acadia

From 1640 to 1645, Acadia
Acadia
was plunged into what some historians have described as a civil war. The war was between Port Royal, where the Governor of Acadia
Acadia
Charles de Menou d'Aulnay
Charles de Menou d'Aulnay
de Charnisay was stationed, and present-day Saint John, New Brunswick, where Governor of Acadia
Acadia
Charles de Saint-Étienne de la Tour
Charles de Saint-Étienne de la Tour
was stationed.[12] There were four major battles in the war, and d'Aulnay ultimately prevailed over La Tour. King Philip's War[edit] During King Philip's War
King Philip's War
(1675–78), the governor was absent from Acadia
Acadia
(having first been imprisoned in Boston during the Dutch occupation of Acadia) and Jean-Vincent d'Abbadie de Saint-Castin
Jean-Vincent d'Abbadie de Saint-Castin
was established at the capital of Acadia, Pentagouêt. From there he worked with the Abanaki of Acadia
Acadia
to raid British settlements migrating over the border of Acadia. British retaliation included attacking deep into Acadia
Acadia
in the Battle off Port La Tour (1677). Wabanaki Confederacy[edit] In response to King Philip's War
King Philip's War
in New England, the native peoples in Acadia
Acadia
joined the Wabanaki Confederacy
Wabanaki Confederacy
to form a political and military alliance with New France.[13] The Confederacy remained significant military allies to New France
New France
through six wars. Until the French and Indian War
French and Indian War
the Wabanaki Confederacy
Wabanaki Confederacy
remained the dominant military force in the region. Catholic missions[edit] There were tensions on the border between New England
New England
and Acadia, which New France
New France
defined as the Kennebec River
Kennebec River
in southern Maine.[1][3][14] English settlers from Massachusetts (whose charter included the Maine
Maine
area) had expanded their settlements into Acadia. To secure New France's claim to Acadia, it established Catholic missions (churches) among the four largest native villages in the region: one on the Kennebec River
Kennebec River
(Norridgewock); one further north on the Penobscot River
Penobscot River
(Penobscot); one on the Saint John River (Medoctec);[15][16][17] and one at Shubenacadie (Saint Anne's Mission).[18] King William's War[edit] During King William's War
King William's War
(1688–97), some Acadians, the Wabanaki Confederacy and the French Priests participated in defending Acadia
Acadia
at its border with New England, which New France
New France
defined as the Kennebec River in southern Maine.[1] Toward this end, the members of the Wabanaki Confederacy, on the Saint John River and in other places, joined the New France
New France
expedition against present-day Bristol, Maine (the Siege of Pemaquid (1689)), Salmon Falls and present-day Portland, Maine. In response, the New Englanders retaliated by attacking Port Royal and present-day Guysborough. In 1694, the Wabanaki Confederacy participated in the Raid on Oyster River
Raid on Oyster River
at present-day Durham, New Hampshire. Two years later, New France, led by Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, returned and fought a naval battle in the Bay of Fundy before moving on to raid Bristol, Maine
Maine
again. In retaliation, the New Englanders, led by Benjamin Church, engaged in a Raid on Chignecto (1696)
Raid on Chignecto (1696)
and the siege of the Capital of Acadia
Acadia
at Fort Nashwaak. At the end of the war England returned the territory to France in the Treaty of Ryswick
Treaty of Ryswick
and the borders of Acadia
Acadia
remained the same. 18th century[edit] Queen Anne's War[edit] During Queen Anne's War, some Acadians, the Wabanaki Confederacy
Wabanaki Confederacy
and the French priests participated again in defending Acadia
Acadia
at its border with New England. They made numerous raids on New England settlements along the border in the Northeast Coast Campaign and the famous Raid on Deerfield. In retaliation, Major Benjamin Church went on his fifth and final expedition to Acadia. He raided present-day Castine, Maine
Maine
and continued with raids against Grand Pre, Pisiquid, and Chignecto. A few years later, defeated in the Siege of Pemaquid (1696), Captain March made an unsuccessful siege on the Capital of Acadia, Port Royal (1707). British forces were successful with the Siege of Port Royal (1710), while the Wabanaki Conferacy were successful in the nearby Battle of Bloody Creek (1711)
Battle of Bloody Creek (1711)
and continued raids along the Maine
Maine
frontier.[19] The 1710 conquest of the Acadian capital of Port Royal during the war was confirmed by the Treaty of Utrecht
Treaty of Utrecht
of 1713. The British conceded to the French "the island called Cape Breton, as also all others, both in the mouth of the river of St. Lawrence, and in the gulph of the same name", and "all manner of liberty to fortify any place or places there." The French established a fortress at Louisbourg, Cape Breton, to guard the sea approaches to Quebec.[20] On 23 June 1713, the French residents of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
were given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave the region.[21][22][23] In the meantime, the French signalled their preparedness for future hostilities by beginning the construction of Fortress Louisbourg
Louisbourg
on Île Royale, now Cape Breton
Cape Breton
Island. The British grew increasingly alarmed by the prospect of disloyalty in wartime of the Acadians
Acadians
now under their rule. French missionaries worked to maintain the loyalty of Acadians, and to maintain a hold on the mainland part of Acadia. Dummer's War[edit]

French map of 1720 North America. Acadie extends clearly into present-day New Brunswick.

During the escalation that preceded Dummer's War
Dummer's War
(1722–1725), some Acadians, the Wabanaki Confederacy
Wabanaki Confederacy
and the French priests persisted in defending Acadia, which had been conceded to the British in the Treaty of Utrecht, at its border against New England. The Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
refused to recognize the treaty handing over their land to the English and hostilities resumed. The Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
raided the new fort at Canso, Nova Scotia in 1720. The Confederacy made numerous raids on New England settlements along the border into New England. Towards the end of January 1722, Governor Samuel Shute
Samuel Shute
chose to launch a punitive expedition against Sébastien Rale, a Jesuit missionary, at Norridgewock.[24] This breach of the border of Acadia, which had at any rate been ceded to the British, drew all of the tribes of the Wabanaki Confederacy
Wabanaki Confederacy
into the conflict. Under potential siege by the Confederacy, in May 1722, Lieutenant Governor John Doucett took 22 Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
hostage at Annapolis Royal
Annapolis Royal
to prevent the capital from being attacked.[25] In July 1722, the Abenaki and Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
created a blockade of Annapolis Royal, with the intent of starving the capital.[26] The natives captured 18 fishing vessels and prisoners from present-day Yarmouth to Canso. They also seized prisoners and vessels from the Bay of Fundy. As a result of the escalating conflict, Massachusetts Governor Shute officially declared war on 22 July 1722.[27] The first battle of Father Rale's War
Father Rale's War
happened in the Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
theatre.[c] In response to the blockade of Annapolis Royal, at the end of July 1722, New England launched a campaign to end the blockade and retrieve over 86 New England
New England
prisoners taken by the natives. One of these operations resulted in the Battle at Jeddore.[26][28] The next was a raid on Canso in 1723.[29][30] Then in July 1724 a group of sixty Mikmaq and Maliseets raided Annapolis Royal.[31][32] As a result of Father Rale's War, present-day central Maine
Maine
fell again to the British with the defeat of Sébastien Rale
Sébastien Rale
at Norridgewock
Norridgewock
and the subsequent retreat of the native population from the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers. King George's War[edit]

Duc d'Anville Expedition: Action between HMS Nottingham and the Mars

King George's War
King George's War
began when the war declarations from Europe reached the French fortress at Louisbourg
Louisbourg
first, on May 3, 1744, and the forces there wasted little time in beginning hostilities. Concerned about their overland supply lines to Quebec, they first raided the British fishing port of Canso on May 23, and then organized an attack on Annapolis Royal, then the capital of Nova Scotia. However, French forces were delayed in departing Louisbourg, and their Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
and Maliseet
Maliseet
allies decided to attack on their own in early July. Annapolis had received news of the war declaration, and was somewhat prepared when the Indians began besieging Fort Anne. Lacking heavy weapons, the Indians withdrew after a few days. Then, in mid-August, a larger French force arrived before Fort Anne, but was also unable to mount an effective attack or siege against the garrison, which had received supplies and reinforcements from Massachusetts. In 1745, British colonial forces conducted the Siege of Port Toulouse
Siege of Port Toulouse
(St. Peter's) and then captured Fortress Louisbourg
Louisbourg
after a siege of six weeks. France launched a major expedition to recover Acadia
Acadia
in 1746. Beset by storms, disease, and finally the death of its commander, the Duc d'Anville, it returned to France in tatters without reaching its objective. French officer Jean-Baptiste Nicolas Roch de Ramezay also arrived from Quebec
Quebec
and conducted the Battle at Port-la-Joye
Battle at Port-la-Joye
on Île Saint-Jean and the Battle of Grand Pré. Father Le Loutre's War
Father Le Loutre's War
(1749–1755)[edit] Main article: Father Le Loutre's War

Acadians
Acadians
at Annapolis Royal, by Samuel Scott, 1751; earliest known image of Acadians

Despite the British capture of the Acadian capital in the Siege of Port Royal (1710), Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
remained primarily occupied by Catholic Acadians
Acadians
and Mi'kmaq. To prevent the establishment of Protestant settlements in the region, Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
raided the early British settlements of present-day Shelburne (1715) and Canso (1720). A generation later, Father Le Loutre's War
Father Le Loutre's War
began when Edward Cornwallis arrived to establish Halifax with 13 transports on 21 June 1749.[d][33] The British quickly began to build other settlements. To guard against Mi'kmaq, Acadian and French attacks on the new Protestant settlements, they erected fortifications in Halifax (Citadel Hill) (1749), Dartmouth (1750), Bedford (Fort Sackville) (1751), Lunenburg (1753) and Lawrencetown (1754).[34] There were numerous Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
and Acadian raids on these villages such as the Raid on Dartmouth (1751). Within 18 months of establishing Halifax, the British also took firm control of peninsular Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
by building fortifications in all the major Acadian communities: present-day Windsor (Fort Edward, 1750); Grand Pre (Fort Vieux Logis, 1749) and Chignecto (Fort Lawrence, 1750). (A British fort already existed at the other major Acadian centre of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Cobequid remained without a fort.)[34] Numerous Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
and Acadian raids took place against these fortifications, such as the Siege of Grand Pre
Siege of Grand Pre
(1749). French and Indian War[edit] Main article: French and Indian War

St. John River Campaign: Raid on Grimrose (present day Gagetown, New Brunswick). This is the only contemporaneous image of the Expulsion of the Acadians.

Siege of Louisbourg
Louisbourg
(1758)

In the years after the British conquest, the Acadians
Acadians
refused to swear unconditional oaths of allegiance to the British crown. During this time period some Acadians
Acadians
participated in militia operations against the British and maintained vital supply lines to Fortress Louisbourg and Fort Beausejour.[35] During the French and Indian War, the British sought to neutralize any military threat Acadians
Acadians
posed and to interrupt the vital supply lines Acadians
Acadians
provided to Louisbourg
Louisbourg
by deporting them.[36][37] This process began in 1755, after the British captured Fort Beauséjour and began the expulsion of the Acadians
Acadians
with the Bay of Fundy Campaign. Between six and seven thousand Acadians
Acadians
were expelled from Nova Scotia[38] to the lower British American colonies.[39][40] Some Acadians
Acadians
eluded capture by fleeing deep into the wilderness or into French-controlled Canada. The Quebec
Quebec
town of L'Acadie (now a sector of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) was founded by expelled Acadians.[41] After the Siege of Louisbourg
Louisbourg
(1758), a second wave of the expulsion began with the St. John River Campaign, Petitcodiac River Campaign, Gulf of St. Lawrence Campaign and the Île Saint-Jean Campaign. The Acadians
Acadians
and the Wabanaki Confederacy
Wabanaki Confederacy
created a significant resistance to the British throughout the war. They repeatedly raided Canso, Lunenburg, Halifax, Chignecto and into New England.[35] Any pretense that France might maintain or regain control over the remnants of Acadia
Acadia
came to an end with the fall of Montreal in 1760 and the 1763 Treaty of Paris, which permanently ceded almost all of eastern New France
New France
to Britain. In 1763, Britain would designate lands west of the Appalachians as the "Indian Reserve", but did not respect Mi’kmaq title to the Atlantic region, claiming title was obtained from the French. The Mi’kmaq remain in Acadia
Acadia
to this day. After 1764, many exiled Acadians
Acadians
finally settled in Louisiana, which had been transferred by France to Spain at the end of the French and Indian War. The demonym Acadian was corrupted to Cajun, which was first used as a pejorative term until its later mainstream acceptance. Britain eventually moderated its policies and allowed Acadians
Acadians
to return to Nova Scotia. Notable military figures of Acadia[edit] The following list includes those who were born in Acadia
Acadia
or those who became naturalized citizens prior to the fall of the French in the region in 1763. Those who came for brief periods from other countries are not included (e.g. John Gorham, Edward Cornwallis, James Wolfe, Boishébert, etc.). 17th–18th century[edit]

Charles de Menou d'Aulnay
Charles de Menou d'Aulnay
– Civil War in Acadia

Françoise-Marie Jacquelin
Françoise-Marie Jacquelin
– Civil War in Acadia

Baron de Saint-Castin – Castine's War

Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville
Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville
– Queen Anne's War

Daniel d'Auger de Subercase, last governor of Acadia
Acadia
1706–1710

Sébastien Rale
Sébastien Rale
– Father Rale's War

Captain Charles Morris – King George's War

Chief Jean-Baptiste Cope
Jean-Baptiste Cope
– Father Le Loutre's War

Jean-Louis Le Loutre
Jean-Louis Le Loutre
– Father Le Loutre's War

Charles Lawrence – Father Le Loutre's War

Thomas Pichon

See also[edit]

Charles de Saint-Étienne de la Tour
Charles de Saint-Étienne de la Tour
– Civil War in Acadia Chief Madockawando – King William's War John Gyles
John Gyles
– King William's War Father Louis-Pierre Thury– King William's War Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste – Queen Anne's War Charles Morris (jurist)
Charles Morris (jurist)
– King George's War Pierre Maillard
Pierre Maillard
– Father Le Loutre's War Joseph-Nicolas Gautier – Father Le Loutre's War Pierre II Surette – French and Indian War

Government[edit] Acadia
Acadia
was located in territory disputed between France and Great Britain. England controlled the area from 1621 to 1632 (see William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling) and again from 1654 until 1670 (see William Crowne and Thomas Temple), with control permanently regained by its successor state, the Kingdom of Great Britain, in 1710 (ceded under the Treaty of Utrecht
Treaty of Utrecht
in 1713). Although France controlled the territory in the remaining periods, French monarchs consistently neglected Acadia.[42] Civil government under the French regime was held by a series of Governors (see List of governors of Acadia). The government of New France
New France
was located in Quebec, but it had only nominal authority over the Acadians.[43] The Acadians
Acadians
implemented village self-rule.[44] Even after Canada had given up its elected spokesmen, the Acadians
Acadians
continued to demand a say in their own government, as late as 1706 petitioning the monarchy to allow them to elect spokesmen each year by a plurality of voices. In a sign of his indifference to the colony, Louis XV
Louis XV
agreed to their demand.[45] This representative assembly was a direct offshoot of a government system that developed out of the seigneurial and church parish imported from the Old World. The seigneurial system was a "set of legal regimes and practices pertaining to local landholding, politics, economics, and jurisprudence."[46] It should be noted that many of the French Governors of Acadia
Acadia
prior to Hector d'Andigné de Grandfontaine held seigneuries in Acadia. As Seigneur, in addition to the power held as governor, they held the right to grant land, collect their seigneurial rents, and act in judgement over disputes within their domain.[46] After Acadia
Acadia
came under direct Royal rule under Grandfontaine the Seigneurs continued to fulfill governance roles. The Acadian seignuerial system came to an end when the British Crown bought the seigneurial rights in the 1730s. The Catholic parish system along with the accompanying parish priest also aided in the development Acadian self-government. Priests, given their respected position, often assisted the community in representation with the civil government located at Port Royal/Annapolis Royal. Within each parish the Acadians
Acadians
used the elected “marguilliers” (wardens) of the “conseil de fabrique” to administer more than just the churches' affairs in the Parishes. The Acadians
Acadians
extended this system to see to the administrative needs of the community in general. The Acadians
Acadians
protected this structure from the priests and were “No mere subordinates to clerical authority, wardens were “always suspicious of any interference by the priests” in the life of the rural parish, an institution which was, ..., largely a creation of the inhabitants.”[46] During the British regime many of the Deputies were drawn from this marguillier group. The Acadians
Acadians
occupied a borderland region of the British and French empires. As such the Acadian homeland was subjected to the ravages of war on numerous occasions. Through experience the Acadians
Acadians
learned to distrust imperial authorities (British and French). This is evidenced in a small way when Acadians
Acadians
were uncooperative with census takers.[42] Administrators complained of constant in-fighting among the population, which filed many petty civil suits with colonial magistrates. Most of these were over boundary lines, as the Acadians were very quick to protect their new lands.[47] Governance under the British after 1710[edit] Main article: Deputy (Acadian) After 1710, the British military administration continued to utilize the deputy system the Acadians
Acadians
had developed under French colonial rule. Prior to 1732 the deputies were appointed by the governor from men in the districts of Acadian families "as ancientest and most considerable in Lands & possessions,".[48] This appears to be in contravention of various British penal laws which made it nearly impossible for Roman Catholics and Protestant recusants to hold military and government positions. The need for effective administration and communication in many of the British colonies trumped the laws. In 1732 the governance institution was formalized. Under the formalized system the colony was divided into eight districts. Annually on October 11 free elections were to take place where each district, depending on its size, was to elect two, three, or four deputies. In observance of the Lord's Day, if October 11 fell on a Sunday the elections were to take place on the immediately following Monday. Notice of the annual election was to be given in all districts thirty days before the election date. Immediately following election, deputies, both outgoing and incoming, were to report to Annapolis Royal
Annapolis Royal
to receive the governor's approval and instructions. Prior to 1732 deputies had complained about the time and expense of holding office and carrying out their duties. Under the new elected deputy system each district was to provide for the expenses of their elected deputies. The duties of the deputies were broad and included reporting to the government in council the affairs of the districts, distribution of government proclamations, assistance in the settlement of various local disputes (primarily related to land), and ensuring that various weights and measures used in trade were "Conformable to the Standard".[49] In addition to deputies, several other public positions existed. Each district had a clerk who worked closely with the deputies and under his duties recorded the records and orders of government, deeds and conveyances, and kept other public records. With the rapid expansion of the Acadian populace, there was also a growing number of cattle and sheep. The burgeoning herds and flocks, often free-ranging, necessitated the creation of the position of Overseer of Flocks. These individuals controlled where the flocks grazed, settled disputes and recorded the names of individuals slaughtering animals to ensure proper ownership. Skins and hides were inspected for brands. After the purchase by the British Crown of the seigniorial rights in Acadia, various rents and fees were due to the Crown. In the Minas, Piziquid and Cobequid Districts the seigniorial fees were collected by the "Collector & Receiver of All His Majesty's Quit Rents, Dues, or Revenues". The Collector was to keep a record of all rents and other fees collected, submit the rents to Annapolis Royal, and retain fifteen percent to cover his expenses.[50][51] Demographics[edit]

Main Acadian communities of Acadia
Acadia
before the deportation

After a 1692 visit, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, described the Acadian men as "'well-built, of good height, and they would be accepted without difficulty as soldiers in a guards' regiment. [They are] well-proportioned and their hair is usually blond. [They are] robust, and will endure great fatigue; [they] are fine subjects of the king, passionately loving the French of Europe'".[52] It is interesting to note that Charles Morris describes the Acadians
Acadians
as being "...tall and well proportioned, they delight much in wearing long hair, they are of dark complexion, in general, and somewhat of the mixture of Indians; but there are some of a light complexion. They retain the language and customs of their neighbours the French, with a mixed affectation of the native Indians, and imitate them in their haunting and wild tones in their merriment; they are naturally full cheer and merry, subtle, speak and promise fair..."[51] Most Acadians
Acadians
were illiterate, and many of the records, including notarial deeds, were destroyed or scattered during the Great Expulsion. For a time, Port Royal did have schools, but these were closed when the British excluded Roman Catholic religious orders from operating in Acadia.[52] Despite their nominal faith, Acadians
Acadians
often worked on Sundays and religious holidays.[52] Before 1654, trading companies and patent holders concerned with fishing recruited men in France to come to Acadia
Acadia
to work at the commercial outposts.[53] The original Acadian population was a small number of indentured servants and soldiers brought by the fur-trading companies. Gradually, fishermen began settling in the area as well, rather than return to France with the seasonal fishing fleet.[42] The majority of the recruiting took place at La Rochelle. Between 1653 and 1654, 104 men were recruited at La Rochelle. Of these, 31% were builders, 15% were soldiers and sailors, 8% were food preparers, 6.7% were farm workers, and an additional 6.7% worked in the clothing trades.[53] Fifty-five percent of Acadia's first families came from western and west-central France, primarily from Poitou, Aunis, Angoumois, and Saintonge. Over 85% of these (47% of the total), were former residents of the La Chaussée area of Poitou.[47] Many of the families who arrived in 1632 with Razilly shared some blood ties; those not related by blood shared cultural ties with the others.[47] The number of original immigrants was very small, and only about 100 surnames existed within the Acadian community.[42] Although the majority of Acadian settlers came from France there were also members of the populace from Ireland, Spain (both Spanish and Basque), Portugal, England, Scotland, Belgium (Flemish), Channel Islands, and Croatia.[54] Some of the earliest settlers married women of the local Mi'kmaq
Mi'kmaq
tribe who had converted to Roman Catholicism.[42] A Parisian lawyer, Marc Lescarbot, who spent just over a year in Acadia, arriving in May 1606, described the Micmac as having "courage, fidelity, generosity, and humanity, and their hospitality is so innate and praiseworthy that they receive among them every man who is not an enemy. They are not simpletons. ... So that if we commonly call them Savages, the word is abusive and unmerited."[55][56] Most of the immigrants to Acadia
Acadia
were peasants in Europe, making them social equals in the New World. The colony had limited economic support or cultural contacts with France, leaving a "social vacuum" that allowed "individual talents and industry ... [to supplant] inherited social position as the measure of a man's worth."[57] Acadians
Acadians
lived as social equals, with the elderly and priests considered slightly superior.[45] Unlike the French colonists in Canada and the early English colonies in Plymouth and Jamestown, Acadians
Acadians
maintained an extended kinship system,[57] and the large extended families assisted in building homes and barns, as well as cultivating and harvesting crops.[58] They also relied on interfamily cooperation to accomplish community goals, such as building dikes to reclaim tidal marshes.[59] Marriages were generally not love matches but were arranged for economic or social reasons. Parental consent was required for anyone under 25 who wished to marry, and both the mother's and father's consent was recorded in the marriage deed.[60] Divorce was not permitted in New France, and annulments were almost impossible to get. Legal separation was offered as an option but was seldom used.[61] The Acadians
Acadians
were suspicious of outsiders and on occasion did not readily cooperate with census takers. The first reliable population figures for the area came with the census of 1671, which noted fewer than 450 people. By 1714, the Acadian population had expanded to 2,528 individuals, mostly from natural increase rather than immigration.[42] Most Acadian women in the 18th century gave birth to living children an average of eleven times. Although these numbers are identical to those in Canada, 75% of Acadian children reached adulthood, many more than in other parts of New France. The isolation of the Acadian communities meant the people were not exposed to many of the imported epidemics, allowing the children to remain healthier.[62] In the 18th century, some Acadians
Acadians
migrated to nearby Île Saint-Jean (now Prince Edward Island) to take advantage of the fertile cropland. In 1732, the island had 347 settlers but within 25 years its population had expanded to 5000 Europeans.[63] The bulk of this population explosion on Île Saint-Jean
Île Saint-Jean
took place in the early 1750s and has as its source Acadians
Acadians
removing themselves during the rising tensions on peninsular Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
after the settlement of Halifax in 1749. Le Loutre played a role in these removals through acts of encouragement and threats. The exodus to Île Saint-Jean
Île Saint-Jean
became a flood with refugees fleeing British held territory after the initial expulsions of 1755. In 1714, a few Acadian families emigrated to Île Royale. These families had little property. But for the majority of Acadians, they could not be enticed by the French government to abandon their heritage and the land of their forefathers for an area which was unknown and uncultivated.[64] Economy[edit] Most Acadian households were self-sufficient,[65] with families engaged in subsistence farming only for a few years while they established their farms.[66] Very rapidly the Acadians
Acadians
established productive farms that yielded surplus crops that allowed them to trade with both Boston and Louisbourg.[e] Farms tended to remain small plots of land worked by individual families rather than slave labor.[67] The highly productive dyked marshlands and cleared uplands produced an abundance of fodder that supported significant production of cows, sheep and pigs. Farmers grew various grains: wheat, oats, barley, hops and rye; vegetables: peas, cabbage, turnips, onions, carrots, chives, shallots, asparagus, parsnips and beets; fruit: apples, pears, cherries, plums, raspberry and white strawberry.[68] In addition they grew crops of hemp and flax for the production of cloth, rope, etc.[46][3][69] From the rivers, estuaries and seas they harvested shad, smelts, gaspereau, cod, salmon, bass, etc., utilizing fish traps in the rivers, weirs in the inter-tidal zone and from the sea with lines and nets from their boats. The fishery was pursued on a commercial basis as in 1715 at the Minas Basin settlements, when the Acadian population there numbered only in the hundreds, they had “between 30 - 40 sail of vessels, built by themselves, which they employ in fishing” reported Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Caulfield to the Board of Trade.[70] Charles Morris observed the Acadians
Acadians
at Minas hunting beluga whales.[51] The Acadians
Acadians
also varied their diets by hunting for moose, hare, ducks and geese, and pigeon.[46] After 1630, the Acadians
Acadians
began to build dikes and drain the sea marsh above Port Royal. The high salinity of the reclaimed coastal marshland meant that the land would need to sit for three years after it was drained before it could be cultivated.[58] The land reclamation techniques that were used closely resembled the enclosures near La Rochelle that helped make solar salt.[42] As time progressed, the Acadian agriculture improved, and Acadians traded with the British colonies in New England
New England
to gain ironware, fine cloth, rum, and salt. During the French administration of Acadia, this trade was illegal, but it did not stop some English traders from establishing small stores in Port Royal.[52] Under English rule, the Acadians
Acadians
traded with New England
New England
and often smuggled their excess food to Boston merchants waiting at Baie Verte for transshipment to the French at Louisbourg
Louisbourg
on Cape Breton
Cape Breton
Island.[71] Many adult sons who did not inherit land from their parents settled on adjacent vacant lands to remain close to their families.[72] As the Acadian population expanded and available land became limited around Port Royal, new settlements took root to the northeast, in the Upper Bay of Fundy, including Mines, Pisiquid, and Beaubassin. Many of the pioneers into that area persuaded some of their relatives to accompany them, and most of the frontier settlements contained only five to ten interrelated family units.[73] See also[edit]

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References[edit]

Notes

^ For the 144 years prior to the founding of Halifax (1749), Port Royal/ Annapolis Royal
Annapolis Royal
was the capital of Acadia
Acadia
for 112 of those years (78% of the time). The other locations that served as the Capital of Acadia
Acadia
are: LaHave, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
(1632–1636 ); present day Castine, Maine
Maine
(1670–1674); Beaubassin
Beaubassin
(1678–1684); Jemseg, New Brunswick(1690–1691); present day Fredericton, New Brunswick (1691–1694), and present day Saint John, New Brunswick (1695–1699).[5] ^ Until 1784, New Brunswick
New Brunswick
was considered part of Nova Scotia. ^ The Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
theatre of the Dummer War is named the "Mi'kmaq- Maliseet
Maliseet
War" by John Grenier (Grenier 2008) ^ The framework "Father Le Loutre's War" is developed by John Grenier in Grenier (2008) The Far Reaches of Empire. War in Nova Scotia, 1710–1760. and Grenier (2005) The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier, 1607–1814. He outlines his rationale for naming these conflicts as Father Le Loutre's War ^ Fowler's analysis of census records and other primary documents reveal that most farms by 1686 were producing in livestock alone, on a per capita basis, twice as much as was needed for their own consumption. This does not include food crops and the animals harvested from the natural environment.[46]

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Further reading[edit]

Clark, Andrew Hill (1968), Acadia: The Geography of Early Nova Scotia to 1760, University of Wisconsin Press, ISBN 0-299-05080-7  Magord, André, The Quest for Autonomy in Acadia
Acadia
(Bruxelles etc., Peter Lang, 2008) (Études Canadiennes – Canadian Studies, 18). Plank, (2001), An Unsettled Conquest: The British Campaign against the Peoples of Acadia, University of Pennsylvania Press ISBN 0-8122-1869-8 Dean Jobb, ( 2005) The Acadians: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph. John Wiley & Sons, (published in the United States as The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph) Philip Henry Smith (1884) Acadia: A lost chapter in American history Oxford University Acadia : missing links of a lost chapter in American history. Vol 1 (1895) Acadia : missing links of a lost chapter in American history. Vol 2 (1895)

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