By Carl A. Brasseaux
"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique global of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical natural world, and highly spiced indigenous delicacies. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish sector of south Louisiana contains a huge variety of individuals, locations, and occasions. of their old and pictorial journey of the sector, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover extensive this interesting and complicated 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 heritage nonetheless obvious within the zone, 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 similar to Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline nation Park to track venues, fairs, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and offers a bright 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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Extra info for Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country
Parlange Plantation was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. 20 Ac a di a na In the colonial and antebellum eras, Louisiana’s great houses consistently numbered pigeonniers (dovecotes) among their ancillary buildings. The pigeons raised in them were a source of food and fertilizer, but the residents of these estates prized these structures more for their symbolic importance. In pre-revolutionary France, which provided a societal model for Louisiana’s emerging elite, only members of the aristocracy had the right to erect pigeonniers.
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. Because human habitation has historically been confined primarily to the banks of the region’s major waterways, Bayou Lafourche has played a prominent role in framing south Louisiana’s history; yet, despite its geographical significance, the Lafourche basin and the neighboring Terrebonne region were sparsely settled by indigenous peoples and occupied relatively late by Euro-Americans.
As a result of these late eigh- teenth-century influxes, the Acadian Coast settlements extended from present West Baton Rouge Parish to St. James Parish by the turn of the nineteenth century. Although exiles predominated in the Acadian Coast, they were not the region’s exclusive settlers. Numerous German and Irish families—including the Kleinpeters, Orys, and Conways—migrated to the area in the late eighteenth century. This continuing immigration, coupled with natural population growth and the local impact of forced heirship, engendered an exodus of young persons who found local land increasingly scarce and unaffordable.
Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country by Carl A. Brasseaux