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In the summer of 1755, 12,000 Acadians of French origin lived in Acadia.
In the late summer and autumn of 1755, 7000 Acadians were expelled from Nova Scotia. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
In the late summer and autumn of 1755, 7000 Acadians were expelled from Nova Scotia. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
That year, 7,000 were expelled. The deportation lasted for five years. More than 10,000 Acadians in all were sent into exile.

"We began to embark the inhabitants... the women, very afflicted, carried their newborns in their arms and others brought their infirm parents and their personal effects in carts. In sum, it was a scene that mixed confusion with despair and desolation," wrote Lt.-Col John Winslow in his journal.

Most of the Acadians were deported to the American colonies, but they were not welcomed there.

Jean Labordore and his family of seven ended up in Salem, Massachusetts:

"They refused me a harness to transport the wood which I had cut myself.
Most of the Acadians were deported to the American colonies, but they were not welcome there. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
Most of the Acadians were deported to the American colonies, but they were not welcome there. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
There we were, all together, in the depths of winter with no food or heat, in a house that had no door or roof. When it rained, we had to move our bed... When I complained to the selectman that the floor of my house was flooded and that everything was floating around, he replied to me with a snigger that I had better build myself a boat and sail inside my house."

A third of the Acadians who were deported died of typhoid, smallpox or yellow fever. One third made their way to Louisiana, to settle there. The rest were scattered throughout France, England, the English colonies, and the Caribbean. When the deportation ended, only 165 French families remain in Acadia, fewer than 1,000 people.


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