A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland (Paperback)
  • A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland (Paperback)

A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 28/09/2010
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In 1755, New England troops embarked on a "great and noble scheme" to expel 18,000 French-speaking Acadians ("the neutral French") from Nova Scotia, killing thousands, separating innumerable families, and driving many into forests where they waged a desperate guerrilla resistance. The right of neutrality; to live in peace from the imperial wars waged between France and England; had been one of the founding values of Acadia; its settlers traded and intermarried freely with native Mikmaq Indians and English Protestants alike. But the Acadians' refusal to swear unconditional allegiance to the British Crown in the mid-eighteenth century gave New Englanders, who had long coveted Nova Scotia's fertile farmland, pretense enough to launch a campaign of ethnic cleansing on a massive scale. John Mack Faragher draws on original research to weave 150 years of history into a gripping narrative of both the civilization of Acadia and the British plot to destroy it.

Publisher: WW Norton & Co
ISBN: 9780393328271

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