Monday, October 19, 2015

Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, October 2015

Just east of Wolfville is the village of Grand Pre. Prior to their expulsion by British authorities (1755-1763), there had been a significant population of Francophone Acadians at Grand Pre. The great deportation took Acadians who had been living alongside Anglophone settlers and authorities for more than 40 years and sent them to France, Quebec and, in many cases, to Spanish occupied Louisiana -- the origins of today's Cajuns. This is a particularly difficult part of Canadian colonial-era history, that resonates even today. 

Parks Canada has created a National Historic site at the location of the traditional Grand Pre village. This site celebrates the traditions of the Acadians and tells the story of the expulsion. The way that the Acadians used dykes and modern farming techniques are explored in detail.

Unsurprisingly, the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,  Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie,  

Looking towards the traditional farmlands of the Acadians

Memorial church at Grand Pre

Statue of Evangeline

Memorial Cross made from stones from the original buildings at Grand Pre

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