Thursday, May 2, 2013

Acadiana (Cajuns) in Louisiana

Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler (French for: Let the Good Times Roll)

Acadiana is one of the few pockets of American society that has its own unique heritage and culture, totally distinct from the rest of the country.  In the middle of the 18th century, some of the original Acadians of Canada sought refuge in Louisiana after they were expelled from their homeland by the British.  The Acadian people were primarily farmers of French nationality.  They finally settled in south Louisiana and brought with them their own customs and traditions which have helped shape what is now known as Acadiana.  The official capital of Acadiana is Lafayette, a fast-growing industrial, agricultural, and professional center.  Surrounding Lafayette are several towns and villages carrying on the traditions of the Acadians, or Cajuns as they are commonly known.

postmarked in  2007 with a USA Common Buckey stamp

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Acadiana, or The Heart of Acadiana, is the official name given to the French Louisiana region that is home to a large Francophone (French speaking) population.

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