Acadiana: Louisiana's Historic Cajun Country by Carl A. Brasseaux

By Carl A. Brasseaux

"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique international of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical flora and fauna, and highly spiced indigenous food. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish quarter of south Louisiana features a large diversity of individuals, areas, and occasions. of their historic and pictorial travel of the quarter, 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 financial system of Acadiana.

In 200 colour images of structure, landscapes, natural world, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy heritage nonetheless obvious within the region, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of payment and improvement within the area. Brasseaux brings the tale modern, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.

From living-history points of interest equivalent to Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline nation Park to tune venues, fairs, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and offers a bright portrait of a tradition that maintains to captivate, attraction, 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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Right: Laurel Valley Plantation, located near Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish, is home to one of the most extensive extant historic plantation complexes in the South— approximately eighty buildings on five hundred acres. 50 Ac a di a na I n t roduc t ion 51 The property upon which Gheens Plantation, now better known as Golden Ranch, is located was originally used for cypress logging and ranching. Over time, the owners converted the property to sugar cultivation, and the plantation boasted a large brick sugarhouse and numerous two-room brick slave cabins with front galleries.

Northern forces in Louisiana, now Northern troops soon returned and disembarked at Terrebonne before procommanded by Butler’s successor, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, again atceeding to Bayou Grand Caillou to capture the Confederate blockade runner tempted to drive the weak Confederate forces from south Louisiana by means Fox. The Union raid resulted in an unsuccessful effort to mobilize the Rebel of an invasion of the Bayou Teche region in the spring of 1863. Ascending the militia, the partisan bushwhacking of a small Union party near Houma, and Teche, Banks’s army traveled to central Louisiana before turning east and bethe subsequent taking of Confederate hostages by Union troops as they withsieging the Confederate bastion at Port Hudson, one of the two most impordrew from Terrebonne Parish.

The sporadic fighting that punctuated the Civil War years came to an end with the surrender of Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi theater in May 1865. With the war’s conclusion, the region’s social, cultural, economic, and political landscapes changed radically. Real estate values plunged 90, 70, 63, and 86 percent respectively in Ascension, Iberville, St. James, and West Baton Rouge parishes between 1860 and 1870, and the social and political changes then concurrently transforming the region were equally stark.

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