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

By Carl A. Brasseaux

"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique global 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 region of south Louisiana incorporates a large variety of individuals, locations, and occasions. of their historic and pictorial journey of the area, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover intensive this interesting 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 2 hundred colour images of structure, landscapes, flora and fauna, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy heritage nonetheless seen within the sector, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of payment and improvement within the sector. Brasseaux brings the tale brand new, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.

From living-history points of interest akin to Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline nation Park to song venues, fairs, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and offers a bright portrait of a tradition that keeps to captivate, appeal, 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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Over time, the tribal organization would fragment, and tribal bands would occupy lands in modern Ascension Parish near present-day Burnside, on the east bank of Mississippi River, and along upper Bayou Lafourche. The Houma remained largely undisturbed in their new home until the late 1760s and 1770s, when the upper Lafourche became a gateway for migrat46 ing Louisiana colonists and a sanctuary for immigrant refugees, particularly the Acadian exiles for whom the Lafourche Valley became a new homeland.

The chapel was originally located in the cemetery adjacent to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. 22 Ac a di a na Recent historical research suggests that the Hypolite Bordelon House was probably built by Hypolite’s father, Valerie Bordelon, along modern La Hwy 1192 circa 1800. The home remained in the possession of the Bordelon family for several generations. In the late 1970s, Mrs. Virginia McLelland, a Bordelon descendant, donated the house to the town of Marksville, which had the structure moved to its present location.

Douglas, the northern Democratic candidate for the presidency. In neighboring Terrebonne, southern Democratic candidate John C. Breckinridge earned a onevote victory over Constitutional Unionist candidate John Bell, who promoted national unity. Even in the ensuing secession convention, the nine-member Lafourche-area delegation unanimously supported cooperation—the cooperative secession of all the southern states only if a negotiated settlement with the North failed. The local opposition to the war failed to avert the state’s secession juggernaut, and Louisiana became part of the Confederate States of America in 1861, shortly before the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter sparked the American Civil War.

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