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Acadian migration, Canada to Louisiana

Migration A–Z


  1. Candice N. Shockley

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm001

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Shockley, C. N. 2013. Acadian migration, Canada to Louisiana. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


The deportation of nearly 10,000 Acadians from their native lands during the 18th century often overshadows the distinctive culture and identity of the Acadians themselves. Heavily influenced by benevolent relationships with the native Míkmaq people, intensely independent, fiercely protective of their families, and exceptionally industrious, the Acadians carved their communities out of the wilderness of northeastern North America only to be cast out of their homes, scattered, and relegated to poverty by the British government. In spite of their circumstances, however, the Acadians clung to their identity as a people, creating a New Acadia in Louisiana that endures to the present day.


  • immigration;
  • violence;
  • prejudice;
  • rights;
  • cultural diversity;
  • ethnic conflict;
  • eighteenth century