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Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country by Carl A. Brasseaux

By Carl A. Brasseaux

"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique international of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical natural world, and highly spiced indigenous food. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish region of south Louisiana features a extensive variety of individuals, areas, and occasions. of their ancient and pictorial journey of the area, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover extensive this attention-grabbing and complicated world.

As passionate documentarians of all issues Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, tradition, and economic 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 quarter, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of payment and improvement within the quarter. Brasseaux brings the tale brand new, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.

From living-history sights resembling 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 shiny 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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T h e G e r m a n a n d Ac a di a n C oa s t s 43 44 Ac a di a na From the mid-eighteenth century until the Civil War, Bayou Plaquemine was the principal gateway to western Acadiana. Because of its importance to the regional economy, the notoriously treacherous bayou was the frequent object of public works improvements projects. The bayou nevertheless remained dangerous and only seasonably navigable. The ultimate solution was the massive Plaquemine Locks, constructed between 1895 and 1909. 45 3 The Lafourche-Terrebonne Area As in the neighboring regions along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, the local environment profoundly influenced the early historic settlement of the Lafourche-Terrebonne area.

Benjamin F. rear-guard action against a Union force sent to Butler, commander of Union forces in Louisiintercept them. The intensity of the Chacahoula ana, mounted a three-pronged offensive. An skirmish persuaded Union military authorities army under Gen. Godfrey Weitzel was disthat Major’s force was much larger than it actupatched to Donaldsonville to lure Confederally was, and the Union command responded ate forces from the Teche area to the upper Laby withdrawing all Federal units from the Lafourche region’s defense.

The storm’s tidal surge caused water levels to rise in the lake—now known as Lac des Allemands in the pioneers’ honor—and swamps directly behind the villages. Marienthal and Augsburg, located on the back slope—and thus situated at a significantly lower elevation than their waterfront neighbor—were literally washed away, as were the immigrants’ reportedly promising crops. This experience profoundly affected the area’s future development. By midNovember 1724, the Germans had dispersed, occupying farmsteads fronting the Mississippi River on the higher adjacent natural levee.

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