Acadian-cajun genealogy & history: pre acadian existence in france

Treatment was nothing more than crude

uncertainty, and totally from achieve from the poor. Epidemics of dysentery,

smallpox, and typhus occured regularly. Water supplies were

contaminated. Bathing (once feared as an approach to distributing disease)

was rare.

The typical marriage age was 25 for women,

27-28 for guys. They attempted to hold back till they’d enough sources

to determine a family group. Youthful couples resided by themselves, not in

extended families. A boy wouldn’t inherit his father’s property/finances

before the father died. A boy was encourage to determine themself individually,

and never to begin a household until doing this.

Peasants needed to undergo the corvée,

working several days annually on local road maintenance. There have been

couple of paved roads in France, though one did run from Paris to Orleans (primary

river port of France). To visit by coach from Paris to Lyons (250

miles), it required 10 days. It had been rough traveling the roads were


Houses had 1-2 rooms, made from wood, plastered with

dirt or clay. The rooftop was thatched with straw (that was utilized as

fertilizer when replaced so that as animal food when occasions were hard).

Furniture contained a table, benches, and pallets for sleeping.

Utensils contained a couple of porcelain plates, an axe, a wood spade,

along with a knife. Spouses tended animals and vegetables.

Women also labored within the fields or labored in your own home at knitting, spinning,

or weaving to assist with your family earnings.

Clothing for men might contain a shirt

without any collar, knickers, a hat, stockings, and possibly a hat. A

lady might put on a lengthy dress having a white-colored scarf and a bonnet.

As the middle-class males attended small

private development with specialized courses and some women learned a couple of basics

in your own home (language, music), there wasn’t any provision for that education of

poor people. Literacy in France in 1686 was 29% for guys (less for


Village existence focused on the church.

Religion provided a rest in the daily grind. They visited church

for worship and also to socialize. Then they’d spend all of those other day

in village games.

They’d sometimes make pilgrimages

to some nearby shrine, consuming and dancing on the way. Catholics

became a member of organizations (confraternities) that provided mutual aid along with a set

of common rituals and traditions centered upon a patron saint.

Carnivals were additionally a relief. Installed lower

top of the class and elevated in the poor. Annual harvest festivals,

fairs, and traveling circuses occured. Other occasions were horse races, cock

fights, and bear baiting. They’d taverns where men collected to

smoke, drink, gossip and gamble. Tales (in magazines by storytellers)

of myth, legend, witchcraft, and superstition were common.

Thumbnail of 1635 map of FrancePortion of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus, 1635 by

William Janszoon Blaeu


Acadian Exile 1755


Jim d'Entremont: Thank you so much for posting this! I have been looking for it online for years so I could share it with my family. I have had the opportunity to visit Grand Pre several times, and each time I have really enjoyed sharing the Historic Site with others who don't know the story. While the video and surrounding props are superior at the Site, this gives a good flavor for the experience. I look forward to my next trip north! Again, thank you!

Renee Boudreau: Thanks!/Merci! for posting! :)

Laughing Fungus: this will help me for midterms

coshyno: what is a midterm

Denis Goguen: I love stories of my heritage

Giselle Leclair: I would love to learn more

Genevieve Graham: Robin Lee, my next novel, "Promises to Keep" is about the Acadian Expulsion. I am presently working on my book trailer. I know this is the video shown at Grand Pre Historical Site, and I'm wondering how I can get clearance to use some of this footage in my trailer. Can you please contact me? Thank you!

Genevieve Graham: Hi Renee. It's out April 4, 2017. Here's the link:

Robin Lee: Sounds good! I'll have to get it! I'd love it if someone could write a book that has in-dept detail about the exportation. The killings and burning of homes and farmlands as they were being captured. People on ships crammed in like cattle dying, families separated and the hardships that came after arriving to their final destination. Not being able to speak English and treated like slaves. Our story is heart wrenching and so many people don't even know about our history.

Calvin Leger: I am trying to get permission to send these videos to Acadiana open channel to air.I think that many Acadian/ Cajun people would benefit by its historical content