Sunday, July 17, 2011

By the Order of His Majesty the King -Sept. 1755

Curiosity was getting higher as the ships pulled into port.  The ladies doing their chores in the field were rife with curiosity.  Then the news came that started to tear apart the people of the Acadian culture.  Their heritage was broken in half, their language was considered dirty and as late as the 1970's individuals were scolded if they dare speak it in public.  This was the end of the beginning.  The date--- July 28th, 1755 is when the Decision was made.  The following September 5th the King of England had this to say to a rather peaceful people:

"Gentleman, I have received from his Excellency, Governor Lawrence, the King's commision which I have in hand, and by who orders are conveyed together, to Manifest to you His Majesty's final resolution to the French inhabitants of the Province in Nova Scotia, who for almost half a century have had more indulgence Granted then than of of his Subjects in any part of His Dominions.  What use you have made of them, you, yourself Best Know.  The Part of Duty I am now upon is what, tho Necessary, is Very Disagreeable to my natural make and temper, as I Know it Must be Grievous to you who are of the same Specie. But is not my business to animadvert, but to obey such orders, as I receive, and therefore without Hesitation Shall Deliver you His Majesty's Orders and Instructions, Vist: That your land and Tennements, Cattle of all Kinds and Livestocks fo all Sorts are forfeited to the Crown with all other your effects, Savings your money and Household Goods, and you yourselves to be removed from this Province. This it is Peremptorily His Majesty's orders That the whole French Inhabitant of these Districts be removed, and I am, Throh his Majesty's Goodness Directed to allow you Liberty to Carry of your money and Household Goods, as Many as you Can without Discommoding the Vessels you Go in. I Shall do Every thing in my Power that all those Goods be Secured to you and are Not Molested in Carrying of them off, and also that whole Family Shall go in the Same Vessel, and make this remove, for which I am Sensible, must give you a great deal of trouble, as Easey as his Majesty's Service will admit, and hope that in what part of the world you my Fall, you may be Faith Subjects, a Peasable, Happy, People. I Must also Inform you That is is His Majesty's Pleasure that you remain in Security under the/and Direction of the Troops that I have the Honor. To Command."

Happy people? After that news?!?!

New York Times- July 17, 2002:  On December 9, 2003, two hundred and forty eight years later, a Royal Proclamation was signed in Canada wherein Queen Elizabeth acknowledged for the first time the wrongs admitted in the name of the English crown during the Acadian deportation of 1755-1763.  Additionally, the Proclamation sets aside every July 28th starting in 2005 as a day of commemoration for the "Great Upheaval".  The 10,000 men, women and children exiled from Nova Scotia are the ancestors of many south Louisiana's French-Acadian or Cajun people.  Evangeline finally got her due!"  

This long ride takes Evangeline's and every deported Acadian's story and brings it to life by horse: to tell the experiences of their heritage and to create a living history about the Acadian people who settled here in Southern Louisana.  Evangeline rides again in effigy and in passion for the Acadian people who had the fight of their lives on their hands and who survived a holocaust all of their own.

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