Thankful for My Acadian Heritage

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Thankful for My Acadian Heritage

 

My favorite moments growing up was going to the camp, deep in bayou country.

Generators run to provide power to the floating camp on the bayou.

45 minute boat ride to paradise. 

 

OR 

Visiting the most haunted plantation: The Myrtles in St. Francisville, Louisiana

 

Cypress Trees in Louisiana

 

This is where it began:

 

My mother's side of the family are of Acadian descent, shortened word is Cajun.

They left France for a better life to settle in Nova Scotia. It was a life of fishing, hunting and freedom of oppression. 

Then came "The Deportment" by the British, as the Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance .

 The Acadians were deported: some were killed, or placed on a boat. The currents transported the boats.

Some landed in Boston, North Carolina, Haiti and New Orleans.

My family was part of the second wave of the Expulsion, which sent them back to France in the middle 1700's.

 

Years later they learned the Spanish were recruiting the Acadians to inhabit present day south Louisiana. They were given land, a gun and seeds to begin their new life.

 

My family saved their money, and departed France once again for a new beginning.

They settled in southwestern Louisiana where they could hunt, fish and grow crops along the bayous.

The area is known as "Acadiana".

 

Louisiana Cajun Country

 

They thrived in the bayous with fresh fish, shrimp, crabs, crawfish and hunting.

The bayou soil is very fertile and their crops flourished in the rich black gumbo soil.

 

My grandparents went to college and became educators.

I remember my grandfather telling me he taught school in Pierre Part.

He used his boat to pick up the children  on the bayou to go to school.

The children only knew French language so they taught them English at school.

They were concerned that French, as their only language, they wouldn't be able to communicate with English speaking people.

They hoped the children could then teach their parents how to speak English.

Of course French was their primary language.

My grandparents spoke French in the home, and I picked up a little along the way. When they wanted to speak about something in private, they spoke in French.

 

Food is always the centerpiece of the Cajun family gathering.

Jambalaya, Andouille gumbo, fried catfish, shrimp and whatever else they can think of, will be the menu.

 

Whether its cheering on the LSU Tigers or lighting the bonfires on the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve, everyone passes a good time down on the bayou Cher!

 

Louisiana State University Tiger Stadium

 

When I think of this heritage I think about what my people overcame to come to Louisiana for a new start in a strange land.

 

I may live in Missouri now, but I'm always a Cajun from Bayou Country.

 

Comments (19)

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's quite a story!  I didn't realize that some Cajuns were actually sent back to France and then recruited to return.  I always thought they were just expelled and they "ran off".  How interesting!

Nov 20, 2019 06:29 PM
faye schubert

It's a story that many do not know. It was a "cleansing" as stated by some. 

Nov 21, 2019 05:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Faye- I knew absolutely nothing about Cajuns, except for the chef I used to see cook on tv. And, I'm from Houston!!!  I do love crawfish etouffee!!! 

Nov 20, 2019 07:51 PM
faye schubert

Kathy, it's not a story that is told. Acadians don't use it as a crutch, rather, it's our history. That's why I'm so against erasing and changing history, as that's how we learn about the past.

Nov 21, 2019 06:00 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Faye.

I lived in Texarkana for several years.  Loved going to Shreveport and Bossier City to eat.  I can taste it now, the gumbo and crawfish, wonderful

Nov 21, 2019 02:51 AM
faye schubert

My brother in law is coming to Branson next week for Thanksgiving with all the Cajun delicasies to create his dishes.

Nov 21, 2019 06:01 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Such a great family history story. My receptionist just recently went to New Orleans and visited with friends in Houma. As well as toured Myrtles. She had a great time and mentioned it was a beautiful place. 

Nov 21, 2019 10:07 AM
faye schubert

I was born in Houma. The subsidence of land there over my life is really something! The Myrtles is one of the fascinating stories of a plantation that I've heard. 

Nov 21, 2019 10:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing some of your very interesting family story.

Nov 22, 2019 06:43 AM
faye schubert

Thanks Roy, I guess it's one of those things that the older I get the more I want to know where I came from and what they went through. 

Nov 29, 2019 08:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                                            

                                                     Thank you, Faye

Nov 23, 2019 06:46 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Really great find Kathy Streib !

Nov 24, 2019 11:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Faye - what a great story and I feel as if I have had the pleasure of attending a moment of first-hand history which I had little knowledge.   Thank you for the post.  

Nov 24, 2019 06:19 AM
faye schubert

Michael, you know it's the untold stories as James Dray posts every day. 

Nov 25, 2019 06:40 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Faye. This is a fascinating story and I enjoyed it a lot. What took you to Missouri?

Nov 24, 2019 07:57 AM
faye schubert

Sheila, we moved to Missouri  for 4 seasons, no hurricanes and not to sweat through 3 sets of clothes for six months! Truth! Love the Ozarks but my Cajun roots run along the banks of the bayous and swamps of south Louisiana.

Nov 25, 2019 06:38 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

This is a history I was not aware of. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

Nov 24, 2019 08:12 AM
faye schubert

Kat, it is a seldom story told of the fabric of America, as I'm sure there are many others. 

Nov 25, 2019 06:48 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning faye schubert,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for week. What an awesome post! Learned so much!!!

Nov 24, 2019 09:34 AM
faye schubert

Thanks Dorie, it's a seldom told story and I had relatives that made sure we knew our family history.

Nov 25, 2019 06:50 AM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Very interesting and how wonderful that you can trace this valuable family history.

Nov 24, 2019 09:35 AM
faye schubert

Thanks Francine, my bucket list is to visit Acadia in Nova Scotia and I'm fascinated with the Oak Island show there. I understand Nova Scotia having a major tourism boom due to that show on the History channel.

Nov 25, 2019 06:51 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

What a fascinating history  faye schubert ! I had no idea of their (your) history. I am so glad Kathy included this is her weekly post.

Nov 24, 2019 11:25 AM
faye schubert

Anna, thank you! I wrote that in less than 10 minutes! 

Nov 25, 2019 06:36 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

What a cool history lesson on Acadians and your family tree.

Nov 24, 2019 06:09 PM
faye schubert

Michelle, thank goodness for our ancestors who wrote everything down and we had access to it. 

Nov 25, 2019 06:35 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great story and glad to get to know your so much better. You carry a very rich history and one you don't want to forget or let slip. 

Nov 24, 2019 06:46 PM
faye schubert

Thanks! It is a small piece of Americana. Everyone's story is so incredible and wish all would share.

Nov 25, 2019 06:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Faye, history wasn't my favorite subject, so thank you for sharing this history, and enjoyed it!   

Nov 27, 2019 10:54 AM
faye schubert

Joan, it's not a history that is really taught, except in Louisiana history or maybe in Canada. I'm sure there are so many people who know interesting stories of their family histories.

Nov 29, 2019 08:03 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Love your history lesson! I have a client and now a great friend with French Heritage from Nova Scotia! She has told me the Acadian stories. Her family end up in Maine 

Dec 01, 2019 01:23 PM
faye schubert

They ended up wherever the current took them: Boston, S.Carolina, etc. 

Dec 02, 2019 04:00 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Faye,

So awesome to know your family history back so far. There is another branch of your family tree that started going west. They were called Metis. Some eventually settled with the Cree. Cool folks. I guess you do not have to worry about intestinal fortitude. It is in your genes.

Dec 23, 2019 08:49 AM
faye schubert

Thanks! I will have to investigate that further!

Dec 24, 2019 05:16 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH
GRI

I love your story.  When I started to read it, the first thing that came to mind was "Evangeline", "the murmuring pines and the hemlocks." My family landed in Nova Scotia, too, but by way of Northern Ireland and Scotland. How our ancestors survived all the turmoil is beyond me, but I'm grateful.

Dec 31, 2019 03:20 AM
faye schubert

Barbara, it truly is amazing how the human spirit can persevere through things. Our ancestors would laugh at the things we worry over today. 

Dec 31, 2019 06:43 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

faye schubert - What a great heritage! It reads like literature that needs to be published. You have a lot to be proud of and your family roots go deep, always on the move, learning, educating, and family members filled with determination to succeed even with language barriers! I can understand why you chose this profession. There is something endearing about helping others to achieve their American dream. 

Happy New Year to you Faye. Your Cajun background serves you well!

Jan 01, 2020 09:32 AM

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