Acadian History - Nova Scotia
~ 1755 Le Grand Derangement - Expulsion of Acadians
The 'Le Grand Dérangement' separated families and displaced approximately ~14,000 of ~18,000 Acadians. It has been estimated that approximately ~8,000 Acadians died which is about half of the population.
On October 27, 1755, escorted by ~3 British war ships; the fleet of ~24 ships set sail. There were approximately ~2898 Acadians on board.
On December 13, 1755 ~2 ships carried away ~350 of the Grand Pre' Acadians, ~1 sailed to Boston and ~1 to sailed to Connecticut.
On December 20, 1755 the final ~230 Grand Pre' Acadians were taken in ~2 more vessels ~1 to Boston and ~1 to Virginia.
After arriving in the American colonies, the Acadian exiles did not do very well. They arrived sick, poor, naked, and destitute of every convenience. All the transport ships had bad water and not enough food for the trip. Many Acadians died due to malnutrition, shock, disease, and unseaworthy vessels.
The Acadians were met by British colonists who treated them much like African slaves. Some Acadians even became indentured servants and sold into slavery. Having few material possessions and constantly searching for lost relatives or friends, the exiles were often scorned and mistreated; their strength was in the spiritual comfort of their Catholic faith, memories, traditions, and hope.
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