Great and Noble Scheme The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland
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Description: "Altogether superba worthy memorial to the victims of two and a half centuries past."Kirkus Reviews, starred review In 1755, New England troops embarked on a "great and noble scheme" to expel 18,000 French-speaking Acadians ("the neutral French") from Nova Scotia, killing thousands, separating innumerable families, and driving many into forests where they waged a desperate guerrilla resistance. The right of neutralityto live in peace from the imperial wars waged between France and Englandhad been one of the founding values of Acadia; its settlers traded and intermarried freely with native Mkmaq Indians and English Protestants alike. But the Acadians' refusal to swear unconditional allegiance to the British Crown in the mid-eighteenth century gave New Englanders, who had long coveted Nova Scotia's fertile farmland, pretense enough to launch a campaign of ethnic cleansing on a massive scale. John Mack Faragher draws on original research to weave 150 years of history into a gripping narrative of both the civilization of Acadia and the British plot to destroy it. 40 illustrations, 6 maps.
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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/17/2006
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall