From the Inside Flap
One of the darkest events in North American history is replete with the drama of war, politics and untold human suffering. Beginning in 1755, 10,000 people of French ancestry were expelled from their homes along Canada's east coast by a tyrannical British governor who acted with the complicity of American sympathizers. The feeble and the ill, infants and the elderly, were herded onto leaky vessels to be taken to points south along the eastern seabord of the Colonies. Some ships were denied landing and sailed farther south to the Caribbean with their cargo. Some Acadians were sent to England and imprisoned; a few made their way to France. The suffering of the innocents was widespread.
While a few Acadians returned home to try to evade capture and forge a living, others made their way to the Spanish colony of Louisiana, where the word "Acadian" was transmuted into "Cajun." The Cajuns farmed and fished, built schools and industries, and preserved a vibrant culture that is today renowned around the world. Many Americans of Cajun descent attend reunions and festivals to celebrate their heritage and their roots. The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph is the story of their ancestors who against all odds started anew in a new world.
The year 2005 marks the 250th anniversary of what is known as "Le grand derangement"--a term that does not do justice to the inhumanity, sickness and death, and humiliation endured by a people whose courage, resourcefulness and sense of community enabled them to survive and endure.
About the Author
is the author of four books, including Calculated Risk: Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy
(Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 1994), which won the City of Dartmouth book award and was runner-up for the National Business Book Award in Canada. Dean was a veteran staff reporter for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald for 20 years. In 2004 he was appointed as a sessional lecturer at the School of Journalism, University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.