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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton; 1 edition (Feb. 22 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393051358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393051353
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 4.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Faragher relates, in all its complex, searingly sad details, the story of how the hapless French Acadians were run out of their Nova Scotia homes—a story known to most from Longfellow's Evangeline. Caught between French and British empires, these peaceful farming and fishing families, descendants of French settlers, struggled to maintain their neutrality and their birthright ways. But in 1755, British and colonial New England forces rounded them up and dispersed them by sea throughout North America. Families were broken up; hundreds died on their voyages; their towns were torched; and only small, scattered communities, like the Cajuns of Louisiana, survived into the modern era. "The removal of the Acadians," concludes Faragher (the Yale biographer of Daniel Boone), "was the first episode of state-sponsored ethnic cleansing in American history." More than that, the communities destroyed, some 150 years old, had lived peaceably and intermarried with the Mikmaq natives of the Canadian shores. A way of life that could have been a harbinger of our own era of diversity was destroyed. Unfortunately, the book overwhelms the reader with detail, as if Faragher wanted to set down every fact of Acadian history so it would never again be lost. Instead, it is readers who'll be lost in this gripping tale of a dishonorable affair in American history. B&w illus.
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French Acadia--today's Nova Scotia and New Brunswick--was destroyed in 1755 when British officers expelled an entire people. Here Faragher perceptively narrates the 150-year-long history of French Acadia, profiling its founding personages, significant events, and the Acadians' gradual acquisition of a distinct identity. Grown from intermarriage with the indigenous Mikmaq, this identity resisted pledging fealty to the French or British sovereigns, but to say the Acadians' fate was the consequence of being crushed between imperial millstones would be simplistic. To paraphrase the author, not inexorable forces but willful men determined what happened, a thesis supported by lenient and diplomatic British officials (Britain held Acadia after 1709) who understood the Acadians. Army officer Charles Lawrence was not such a man--with expedient though specious arguments about Acadian hostility, he ordered destruction and removal as a preliminary to the incipient French and Indian War. Faragher estimates expulsion cost about 10,000 lives; the survivors scattered to Louisiana and elsewhere. From the author of the definitive Daniel Boone (1992), this is a superior work of history. Gilbert Taylor
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THE FRENCH COLONIZATION OF l'Acadie began in earnest on 13 May 1606, when the Jonas, a vessel of 150 tons, loaded with provisions and carrying forty men, weighed anchor at the port of La Rochelle and sailed for the infant outpost of Port Royal on the far side of the Atlantic. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 10 2009
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Faragher puts a great deal of factual detail into this work and you might think that the story would get bogged down. Not a bit of it. The Acadian deportation is a tragic tale that will never grow old, I dare say, and the factual history of the matter is as gripping as any fictional treatment. A people who just wanted to be left alone (more or less) were viewed with suspicion and also jealousy due to the quality of the country they lived in. They had very little power to bear on their fate and thus their stubborn refusal to pledge allegiance to Great Britain provided the pretext for one of the great injustices in North American history, along with the dispossession of aboriginal populations. This is a Canadian story and an American story. Read it, you'll be better for it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William S. Anderson on Jan. 19 2010
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A superbly researched account of most of the players in the wresting of North America from the French by Britain and the sad results it created for those Acadians who wanted to remain neutral. Many innocents, many villians and some simple patriots on both sides. Very detailed history, lacking only in some of the longer term results which shaped the era after many Acadians returned.
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This is an outstanding detailed history not only of the Acadian Expulsion by the British but a n earlierhistory of the Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia written by an unbiased American Academic beginning with the Aboriginal tribes the MicMac and the Maliseet followed by the discovery of the St. John River and the Bay Of Fundy by Jacques Cartier at the end of the 15th century followed shortly therafter by Samuel de Champlain whose explorations, leadership and foresight were the beginnings of Canada. The French discovered Canada. The British exploited it with superior support from the British monarchy recognizing the great natural resources,. British immigration vastly exceeded that of France very quickly yet it was French explorers who opened the North American continent. The British themselves were later exploited in 1776 by the 13 colonies who had no appreciation of the fact that their economic success was due entirely to their overseas support from the motherland protecting them from their perceived threat of the French. Thomas Jefferson proved to be a great propagandist to this day in accusing their own requested protectors of maltreatment. It was the leadership of the 13 colonies who were the actual traitors and not loyal to the crown. This book should be the text for the actual facts of early Canadian and US historic beginnings..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Bruer on Nov. 17 2014
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Great book... primarily because of sound historical scholarship. In Kindle form, it was rather awkward to flip back and forth to check maps regarding Acadian place names.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol C. on Aug. 14 2013
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Unlike other "history" type books, this one is very easy to read and I am enjoying learning about my ancestors.
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