From Migrant to Acadian: A North American Border People, 1604-1755

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2005 - History - 633 pages
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N.E.S. Griffiths uses the results of forty-five years of archival research in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy to place Acadian history in the context of contemporary North American and European events. She emphasizes relationships with the Mi'kmaq, showing they were of crucial importance in the development of Acadian identity, land-holding practices, settlement patterns, religious beliefs, and family structure. From Migrant to Acadian also explains how the imperial ambitions of both the French and the British collided with the strong belief of the Acadians in their own identity, resulting in the tragic deportation of the majority of the Acadian community in 1755. Although never achieving political independence, the Acadians forged a connection with Canada's broader national identity and continue to play a significant role in the Canadian mosaic.

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Mix of real life & reads for review, mine anyway. Though have read over the years, in school & life in Quebec, found many wonderful friends & even in business to the area, numerous times, business contacts that turned into long time, some to this day personal friends. Political in nature, fascinated by the near genocide scenarios they went through, & a Quebecker, always marveled & dare I say got baffled at the unique powerful forgiving & powerful attachment they have in welcoming others, myself included, particularly welcome as a young man, arriving knowing no one in Montreal & school french. They took me in as they own & I to this day cherish so many as friends & their unique & interesting culture. Thus be in music or more reading, as here, learning more no matter how much we think we know. A great, if not more number cold but coverage of the history & plights. A U. of French history, formerly Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston Ontario, also moved to Montreal to complete a book on French history, & wealth transfers & cultures of family & wealth transitions over the centuries, studied & researched here, in New Brunswick & France for years working & preparing for the day he would take allowed time off for said book, surprised me with (never verified it, as assumed correct) Acadian French & much of the Quebecois french to some degree, is the real working man spin orff or close as it gets here to the populous french spoken in France & the Parisian french was based more on the elite, & upper class creating a unique & own spin of the popular & most often Many others too..... Thank you, a great read & now loaded with more to follow up on, enjoying the journey that never ends of knowledge. Cheers.  


Exploration for Settlement and Trade
Acadie or Nova Scotia
The First Acadian Community
The Establishment of a Border Colony
Acadia A Colony of France
Acadia Life in a Border Colony
Acadian Resilience
The Last Years of French Rule
Utrecht and the Policy of Acadian Neutrality
British Administration Acadian Settler
Years of War 174548
The Splintered Truce
The Final Months of Accommodation
The Deception to Deport

Conquest and Reaction

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N.E.S Griffiths is a distinguished scholar of Acadian history and professor emeritus of the Department of History, Carleton University.

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