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  • The Founding of New Acadia

  • The Beginnings of Acadian Life in Louisiana, 1765-1803
  • By: Carl A. Brasseaux
  • Narrated by: Aaron Henkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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The Founding of New Acadia

By: Carl A. Brasseaux
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Publisher's summary

In this penetrating study, Carl Brasseaux looks beyond long-standing mythology to provide a critical account of early Acadian culture in Louisiana and the reasons for its survival. He convincingly dispels many received notions about the routes Acadians traveled from Nova Scotia to Louisiana, their original settlement sites, and the patterns of their subsequent migrations within the state, and closely examines the relations of Louisiana's Acadians with their black, Spanish, Indian, and Creole neighbors. As Brasseaux reveals, Acadians' cohesiveness and insularity preserved the core elements of their culture and helped them adjust to new physical and social demands.

©1987 Louisiana State University Press (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks
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"A contribution of the highest order. It will undoubtedly remain the defiitive study of the Acadians for many years to come." ( Journal of American Studies)

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Tremendous

This book is exceptionally well organized. You can read it front to back and enjoy it or you can keep it for reference book and you will never be disappointed. It covers the entire Cajun experience from beginning to present day. I love this book and it help me much of my writing a novel.

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Origins of the Cajuns

What did you like best about this story?

I already knew that the French has colonized the area around northern Maine and that it was called Arcadia. I did not know that many of the Arcadians emigrated to Louisiana in the mid 1700's after the British took the territory from the French. The book carries the story into the early 1800's.

Sometimes history seems like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces always missing. I enjoyed having some of the empty spaces filled by this book.

What about Aaron Henkin and Aaron Henkin ’s performance did you like?

The reader spoke precisely and I believe he did a good job pronouncing French and Spanish words.

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At the end of the book, the author explains his own Cajun background. I had already suspected this was true but it really helped complete the book by hearing some of his own experiences.

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The Cajun Story 1600-1803

This is wonderful. It tells of how some Frenchmen came to live in Acadia.
It tells how these Acadian came to live life there. It tells how these Acadian were forced to leave and the hardships they faced in diaspora. It tells how they came together again in South Louisiana.
It tells how these Cajuns first thrived amongst the swamps and prairies.
It tells of strong families, innate stubbornness, and joy that still mark these beautiful people.

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A good overall view of the history if Acadia and the Acadians. Good reader - some repeating of information but it helps keep up with the story. I look forward to more from this writer.

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Fascinating

The only problem I had with this audio book was the narrator mispronouncing some of my ancestors last names and some of the place names.

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Interesting Book

As a 10th generation descendant of the Alexandre 'dit Beausoleil' Broussard clan, I find this book very interesting.

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Informative and Interesting

The read is very informative and gives a detailed overview of Acadian culture and settlement patterns. The author is a talented storyteller who is able to keep an informational text like this engaging and digestible. I did notice the narrator’s mispronunciation of a few Cajun place names and surnames, but he was, overall, easy to listen to.

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This is not an easy listening book

I was born and raised in Louisiana and have always loved the state. I purchased this book to learn more about the history of louisiana.
Let me say first that the narrator may be pronouncing towns, bayous and parishes names the proper way, but I have never heard may of the ones in this book pronounced that way in my life.
This book reads like a legal research document. It repeats often and goes into levels of details that borderline boring and adds nothing of substance to the story.

Enjoyed the history part, hated how it was told.

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