Origin of Name
Art and literature show a cultural vitality that includes both a vision of the past and a contemporary desire to break with it (see ACADIA, CULTURE OF). Artists are fully present on the public stage, and they are often the forerunners in the creation of new traits that make up the Acadian identity.
While some Acadians focus on a political, economic and cultural territory, others attempt to establish a legitimacy on a national scale, as well as in the broader context of the French-speaking world. In this way, they all contribute to the symbolic recognition of Acadia.
Author MARC JOHNSON
Links to Other Sites
United Nations World Heritage Sites
Information about locations in Canada that have been designated United Nations World Heritage Sites. From the United Nations website.
Living in Canada in the Time of Champlain
This website documents Samuel de Champlain’s role in the exploration and development of New France. Includes maps, artifacts, and related notes about Pierre Du Gua de Monts. Part of the Virtual Museum of New France.
This illustrated Nova Scotia Museum website documents the distinctive history, customs, and way of life of the Acadian community in Nova Scotia.
The Acadian Odyssey
This Centre Acadien website provides access to an extensive collection of documents and images about Acadian history and culture.
New Brunswick: Our Stories, Our People
Explore the history of New Brunswick in this extensive online multimedia exhibit. Features an interactive timeline, glossary, illustrations, maps, and more. From the Virtual Museum of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick.
Fort Anne National Historic Site of Canada
The website for the Fort Anne National Historic Site of Canada, the focal point for French and British settlement and as the seat of government of Acadia and then Nova Scotia. From Parks Canada.
Boishébert National Historic Site of Canada
The website for the Boishébert National Historic Site of Canada and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Site of Canada, J. Leonard O'Brien Memorial. From Parks Canada.
Acadia, Lifestyle in the days of our ancestors
Explore Acadian culture and history. Click on "Tools" for a glossary of Acadian terms. From the Virtual Museum of Canada.
Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
Learn about Saint Croix Island and the remarkable story of the early French settlements in North America. Includes maps and other historic documents. From Parks Canada.
The Acadian and francophone community of Nova Scotia
A brief history and profile of the Acadian and francophone community of Nova Scotia. A Government of Nova Scotia website.
A CBC online feature about Acadian history and culture.
Champlain in Acadia
Explore 200 years of tumultuous Acadian history, from the time of Samuel de Champlain to the deportation of the Acadians in the 18th century. Features colourful illustrations, maps and videos. From the Historica-Dominion Institute.
An extensive multimedia online collection of archival material devoted to the Évangéline myth. Includes English and French versions of the 1853 poem “Evangeline: a Tale of Acadie” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, books, letters, images, and more. From the Nova Scotia Legislative Library.
This site is devoted to novelist Antonine Maillet, the "Acadian Avenger." From CBC Archives.
The "conquest" of Acadia, 1710
This site offers online excerpts from "The 'conquest' of Acadia, 1710," a book about the conquest of Port-Royal by British forces in 1710. Relates to Acadian history, native studies, native rights histories, and the socio-political history of the eighteenth century.
The History of King's County
An online digitized copy of "The History of King's County." From the "Our Roots" website.
Antonine Maillet, Acadian Avenger
Watch a CBC video clip featuring an Adrienne Clarkson interview of acclaimed Acadian writer Antonine Maillet.
Pélagie: An Acadian Musical Odyssey
An extensive student study guide for the musical "Pélagie: An Acadian Musical Odyssey," by Vincent de Tourdonnet and Allen Cole. From the National Arts Centre.
Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada
Explore the Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada, which commemorates Grand-Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755 and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. From Parks Canada.
A multimedia site that explores Acadian history and culture. An online resources for the book "Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie: A Historian's Journey through Public Memory."