Ambassador of Cajun Music: Jimmy C. Newman, 1927-2014
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In February 1765, the first boat with French-speaking refugees from Acadia in Nova Scotia arrived in the present-day state of Louisiana, where their description of themselves as Acadians changed, just as regional dialects change, into Cajuns. Their departure was part of what one historian of Cajun culture calls an “ethnic cleansing.” The British had acquired French Canada two years before and deported the Catholic Acadians to other colonies; a group of them chose instead to head for what they thought was French territory. It turned out that the Treaty of Paris of 1763, which had conveyed French Canada from France to England, also shifted Louisiana from France to Spain. The Acadians moved into the swamps and bayous north of New Orleans, and created a new life for themselves, hoping to stay out of the way of authorities who might bother them (Bernard; C. Brasseaux; Jobb; Rushton).
History; Music; Cajun; Jimmy Newman
Arts and Humanities | Music
Ambassador of Cajun Music: Jimmy C. Newman, 1927-2014.
Popular Culture Review, 31(1),