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 food. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish quarter of south Louisiana features a large diversity of individuals, locations, and occasions. of their old and pictorial travel of the zone, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover intensive this interesting and complicated world.
As passionate documentarians of all issues Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, tradition, and financial system of Acadiana.
In 2 hundred colour images of structure, landscapes, flora and fauna, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy background nonetheless obvious within the zone, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of payment and improvement within the area. Brasseaux brings the tale modern, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.
From living-history sights equivalent to Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline country Park to track venues, gala's, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and provides a brilliant portrait of a tradition that maintains to captivate, appeal, 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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These early nineteenth-century migrations profoundly altered the entire region’s economic development and demographic landscape, creating in the process a sociocultural paradigm that persists to the present. Locals routinely identify the roadway along Bayou Lafourche as “the longest main street in the world” with more than a little justification. From the nineteenth century to the present, a practically unbroken line of settlement has extended from Donaldsonville to Golden Meadow, and a journey from the stream’s source to its mouth along the “world’s longest main street” has traditionally exposed a cross-section of the area’s economic hierarchy—represented at the polar extremes by opulent antebellum plantation homes to the north and by crude trappers’ cabins to the south.
The first immigrants were members of the Houma tribe, which intertribal warfare in 1706 had displaced from their original home in present West Feliciana Parish. After briefly relocating to the banks of Bayou St. John, in present-day New Orleans, the Houma migrated to a village site near what is now Donaldsonville. Over time, the tribal organization would fragment, and tribal bands would occupy lands in modern Ascension Parish near present-day Burnside, on the east bank of Mississippi River, and along upper Bayou Lafourche.
Luke (aka Little Zion) Baptist Church was built in the 1880s by former slaves from Cleona Plantation, located between Thibodaux and Chackbay. According to Bertha Shanklin, the daughter of the congregation’s last preacher, the church remained active until the 1950s.
Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country by Carl A. Brasseaux