L’Acadie to La Louisiane: Part IV. Resistance and Expulsion

Une Famille de Louisiane

Reading the Order of expulsion to the Acadians in the parish Church at Grand Pre, in 1755 By C.W. Jefferys Reading the Order of Expulsion to the Acadians
By C.W. Jefferys
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As 1750 approached, tensions between the English and French reignited, and England began building up its military presence in the region. The English were also looking to bring thousands of English Protestant settlers to Nova Scotia. In response, a French Catholic priest, Abbé Jean-Louis Le Loutre, and a charismatic Acadian militia leader named Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil. Broussard, along with their Mi’kmaq allies, attacked English settlements and evacuated Beaubassin. They even burned down the village to deny supplies to the English.1

Finally, in 1755, the English executed plans to get rid of the Acadians once and for all and send them where they would present less of a threat. There were three main reasons for this. First, the Acadians vastly outnumbered Englishmen in Nova Scotia, and the British feared for their safety. But sending them…

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