By Carl A. Brasseaux
"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique global 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 zone of south Louisiana contains a vast diversity of individuals, areas, and occasions. of their historic and pictorial travel of the sector, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover extensive this attention-grabbing and intricate world.
As passionate documentarians of all issues Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, tradition, and economic system of Acadiana.
In 200 colour images of structure, landscapes, flora and fauna, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy historical past nonetheless noticeable within the sector, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of payment and improvement within the sector. Brasseaux brings the tale brand new, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.
From living-history sights resembling Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline country Park to tune venues, gala's, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and provides a shiny 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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Extra resources for Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country
The identity of the woman in the painting by Jean-Joseph Vaudechamp that hangs over the fireplace mantel at Maison Chenal remains a mystery. P oi n t e C ou pé e a n d Avoy e l l e s Pa r i sh e s 19 Parlange Plantation was built overlooking False River in the eighteenth century by Vincent de Ternant, marquis de Dansville-sur-Meuse. The Creole house is considered by many to be the best extant example of French colonial plantation architecture. The house eventually came into the possession of the French military officer Charles Parlange through his marriage to de Ternant’s widow, Virginie Trahan.
An adjoining structure was used as plantation store and post office. 52 Ac a di a na 53 St. 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.
The lack of long-established territorial claims by a militarily powerful tribe made the extremely fertile banks of the Mississippi River above New Orleans attractive to early Louisiana settlers. As in Pointe Coupée Parish, European occupation of the German Coast resulted directly from the colonization efforts of the Company of the Indies, Louisiana’s corporate proprietor from 1716 to 1732. Having acquired the colony from the French crown and having made Louisiana the primary collateral undergirding the value of its hyperinflated stocks, the French corporation launched an unprecedented public relations campaign to lure to Louisiana the human and financial capital necessary to develop the backwater colony as rapidly as possible.
Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country by Carl A. Brasseaux