By Carl A. Brasseaux
"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique international 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 incorporates a vast diversity of individuals, locations, and occasions. of their ancient and pictorial journey of the sector, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover extensive 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 2 hundred colour pictures of structure, landscapes, natural world, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy heritage nonetheless obvious within the sector, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of cost and improvement within the zone. Brasseaux brings the tale modern, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.
From living-history sights akin to Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline country Park to song venues, fairs, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and offers a shiny portrait of a tradition that keeps 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
During the interim between Ulloa’s unceremonious departure and the restoration of Spanish colonial rule in August 1769, numerous Acadian families—at least seventeen—migrated into the upper Lafourche Valley, between the modern communities of Donaldsonville and Labadieville. Establishing themselves on the west bank, which, unlike its eastern counterpart, was not subject to frequent inundations, the Lafourche Valley’s Acadian pioneers quickly began carving new lives for themselves from the old-growth forests lining the bayou.
Following the Union occupation of New Orleans and, later, Baton Rouge in the spring of 1862, the civil parishes of the Acadian and German coasts fell under Union military control. In the fall of 1862, Union forces invaded the area while en route to the Bayou Lafourche region, and, before July 1863, Federal naval units regularly patrolled the river below the Confederate bastion at Port Hudson. And, finally, in the winter of 1862–63, Union forces established Fort Butler, a military base near Donaldsonville, to preserve Federal control over the strategic confluence of the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche.
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.