Elisa E. A. Sance, Candidate for the M.A. in North American French, University of Maine
The Great Deportation is one of the major historical events in Acadian History. This ethnic cleansing, as John Mack Faragher defined it in A Great and Noble Scheme, was orchestrated by the British and consisted of the deportation of most Acadians between 1755 and 1762 from what is known today as Nova Scotia. The Great Deportation led to the current dispersal of the Acadian people and the elimination of a unified Acadian territory. Many Acadians came back to the Maritime Provinces after 1762, but their farms had long been burned down and their land claimed by the British. This situation forced them to settle in different places, forming small communities more at risk of losing their culture, language and traditions through assimilation. Read More.