National Geographic : 1990 Oct
The Cajuns: Still Loving Life 1763-1785 After the French some refugees in the British Colonies made their way north INIQUE to French territory. Others moved to South America, the Sto Cayenne West Indies, the Falkland FRENCH Islands, and Louisiana. In 1785 UIANA about 1,600 refugees left France for Louisiana. new home EARLY in the 17th century the Cajuns' pioneer ancestors founded a French colony called Acadie in what is now the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. While the Acadians prospered on the fertile farmland, France and Britain vied for control of the region. Britain won sovereignty in 1713; four decades later, at the start of the French and Indian War, security conscious officials deported many Acadians. Scattered along Atlantic and Caribbean shores (above), some refugees found a final home in south Louisiana. As their settle ments spread across bayous and prairies (left), neighbors Shortened the French "Aca dien" to " 'Cadien" then pa "Cajun." Today 22 par - ishes, or counties, with a S Cajun flavor make up a tri S angular region known as cl 5. Acadiana.