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Short History on Cajuns

The history of the Cajun people starts in 17th century Canada. A group of French settlers colonized land in the area now known as Maritime Provinces of Canada. The main area of settlement is now known as Novia Scotia, but was referred to as Acadia for almsot two centuries. After the English exiled them from their land, the Acadians were scattered about. From 1765 to 1785, over 3,000 of them made their way to Louisiana.

What is a Creole?

There are many defintions for a Creole. 1) A person descended from a culturally related to the original French settlers of the Southern United States, especially Louisiana. The French dialect spoken by these people. 2) Often Creolea person of mixed Black and European ancestry who speaks creolized language, especially one based on French or Spanish. 3) A black slave born in the America as opposed to one brought from Africa.

What is a Cajun?

A memeber of a group of people in Southern Louisiana descended from French colonists exiled from Acadia in the 18th century.

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Acadian-Cajun History

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