Banished From Our Home

Acadia 1755

July 28, 1755
 M. & Mme Badeaux
Paris, France

Dear Mother & Father,

As Acadians, we have been passed between French and English hands for over 100 years, and finally in the hands of the British, those who we swore an oath of allegiance to, we are being deported from a land that is our own. Some of homes have been burned, some Acadians have already been deported by the English, and others have retreated to New France and lower colonies. Over time, we have created successful and positive alliances with the Mi'kmaq natives of the area, even some have converted to Catholicism which has allowed our relationship to flourish even more under a common faith. With our innovative form of farming that works close to the ocean; it is able to keep water off the land making marsh-like soils and conditions. We are not taking the Mi'kmaq's land because we are uncovering what they could not discover, therefore, not challenging the Native land rights. Our labor intensive farming methods have made us a determined and hearty people, we have worked hard on this land and are unjustly having it taken from us. Feeling more connected to The Thirteen Colonies rather than New France, we Acadians feel betrayed knowing the English are ordering our forced exit from our land. Since the French have forgotten about us we are now our own people; we farm uniquely, have established a trade relationship with the Thirteen Colonies "our friends the enemy", and have become our own close knit community. I feel a connection with the tight-knit Acadian community and plan to flee to Southern colonies with others in hopes of allowing it to freely flourish in a safer environment and maintain our culture distinct culture and traditions. We are bound by our instincts to stand our ground for what is rightly, ancestrally, and evidently our home; but lives must be saved, our culture must pursue, and hope for a better time must push through.

Yours Truly, Isabelle Badeaux
Acadia, Canada

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