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A region and former French colony of eastern Canada, chiefly in Nova Scotia but also including Prince Edward Island and the coastal area from the St. Lawrence River south into Maine. During the French and Indian War (1754-1763) many Acadians migrated or were deported by the British to southern territories, including Louisiana, where their descendants came to be known as Cajuns.
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1. (Placename)
a. the Atlantic Provinces of Canada
b. the French-speaking areas of these provinces
2. (Placename) (formerly) a French colony in the present-day Atlantic Provinces: ceded to Britain in 1713
French name: Acadie
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(əˈkeɪ di ə)

a region and former French colony on the N Atlantic coast of North America, including the present Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, and part of Maine: ceded to the British 1713.
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Noun1.Acadia - the French-speaking part of the Canadian Maritime ProvincesAcadia - the French-speaking part of the Canadian Maritime Provinces
Canadian Maritime Provinces, Maritime Provinces, Maritimes - the collective name for the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
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(26) On pourra consulter le dossier d'archives de la Societe nationale de l'Acadie (fonds 41), au Centre d'etudes acadiennes, a l'Universite de Moncton, plus particulierement les dossiers 41.43.184, 41.43.206, 41.43.210, 41.19.13-14.
Early in the seventeenth century, France applied the name Acadie, of Micmac origin, to the area between the Atlantic Ocean and the lower river and gulf of the St.
Evangeline (in full Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie) Narrative poem by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth , published in 1847.
Her stories of Louisiana began appearing in magazines in 1889 and were collected in Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897).
ST-PIERRE, Christine Environment (CTE) (Acadie) Committees Vice-Chair(s) Committee on Public Administration (CAP) Mr.
Along with a lack of historical knowledge, participants identified a lack of acknowledgment of the wide variety of French spoken from Acadie to British Columbia (Chevalier 2008) by Francophones from majority contexts such as Quebec and France.