By Carl A. Brasseaux
"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique international of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical flora and fauna, and highly spiced indigenous delicacies. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish region of south Louisiana incorporates a vast variety of individuals, areas, and occasions. of their historic and pictorial travel of the quarter, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover intensive this interesting and intricate world.
As passionate documentarians of all issues Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, tradition, and financial system of Acadiana.
In 2 hundred colour photos of structure, landscapes, natural world, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy historical past nonetheless obvious within the region, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of payment and improvement within the zone. Brasseaux brings the tale brand new, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.
From living-history sights similar to Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline nation Park to song venues, gala's, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and offers a brilliant portrait of a tradition that maintains 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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34 Ac a di a na By 1770, Acadian settlements along the Mississippi River had developed distinct geographic and political identities. The earliest riverine settlements in present-day St. James and Ascension parishes became known as the First Acadian Coast, while the Acadian parishes upstream (Iberville and, eventually, West Baton Rouge) became identified as the Second Acadian Coast. Above: A memorial grave marker honoring Nicolas Verret (1725–1775), who served as commandant of the Cabahanocé post (present St.
Joseph, to fill the void formerly occupied by the Mugulasha. The Taensa accepted the invitation, but within months of establishing themselves at the village, they followed their hosts’ reprehensible example and killed most of the Bayougoula. The Taensa did not long enjoy the spoils of victory; they relocated to the present Mobile, Alabama, area in 1715. Meanwhile, after a period of wandering, a few dozen Bayougoula survivors eventually settled temporarily along the Mississippi River below present-day New Orleans.
John the Baptist Parish. The 1722 census indicates that the immigrants, drawing upon their European experience, had established three villages—perhaps with the assistance of eighty company workmen—on the property assigned to them by the company. These villages were evidently named for the birthplaces of many German immigrants. Hoffen stood atop the natural levee along the western bank of the Mississippi River, while Marienthal and Augsburg were established on the natural levee’s back slope, a half mile and three-fourths of a mile respectively from the river.
Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country by Carl A. Brasseaux