By Carl A. Brasseaux
"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique international of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical flora and fauna, and highly spiced indigenous food. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish zone of south Louisiana includes a wide diversity of individuals, locations, and occasions. of their old and pictorial travel of the area, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover intensive this interesting and intricate world.
As passionate documentarians of all issues Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, tradition, and economic climate of Acadiana.
In 200 colour images of structure, landscapes, natural world, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy historical past nonetheless seen within the region, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of payment and improvement within the zone. Brasseaux brings the tale brand new, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.
From living-history points of interest comparable to Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline kingdom Park to song venues, fairs, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and provides a vibrant portrait of a tradition that maintains to captivate, attraction, 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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The plight of the Terrebonne Cajuns reflects a pervasive socioeconomic trend in the antebellum Lafourche-Terrebonne region. The emergence of a plantation system along the upper Lafourche and along the major waterways of northern Terrebonne Parish resulted in the rapid escalation of property values, and the migration of poor whites from the highly desirable natural levees to significantly less desirable settlement sites. Some of the migrants occupied ridges on the eastern periphery of the Atchafalaya basin or in the Chackbay swamp between the Lafourche and the Mississippi.
The Mississippi River, as seen near Plaquemine, provided vital transport for residents on the Second Acadian Coast. T h e G e r m a n a n d Ac a di a n C oa s t s 35 The imprint of the past remains quite recognizable on Acadiana’s modern landscapes as witnessed by the ruins of a nineteenth-century Acadian-style yeoman’s house. The outlines of colonial land grants are easily recognizable in properties bordering the Mississippi River. 36 Ac a di a na I n t roduc t ion 37 St. Gabriel Catholic Church contains the skeletal frame of the settlement’s original house of worship, erected by Acadian exiles in the early 1770s.
Union forces first ventured into the Assumption-Lafourche-Terrebonne region by means of the New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railroad, an 80-mile-long railway extending from Algiers to Brashear City (present-day Morgan City), with depots at Boutté Station, Bayou des Allemands, Raceland, Lafourche Crossing, Terrebonne (now Schriever), and Tigerville (now Gibson). In early May 1862, a Union contingent under the command of Col. James W. ouac, dubbed Camp Stevens, helped establish a firm Northern military presMcMillan traveled the length of the railway on a reconnaissance mission.
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