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By Carl A. Brasseaux

"Acadiana" summons up visions of a mythical and unique global of moss-draped cypress, cocoa-colored bayous, subtropical natural world, and highly spiced indigenous delicacies. The ancestral domestic of Cajuns and Creoles, this twenty-two-parish quarter of south Louisiana includes a huge diversity of individuals, areas, and occasions. of their ancient and pictorial journey of the sector, writer Carl A. Brasseaux and photographer Philip Gould discover extensive this interesting and complicated world.

As passionate documentarians of all issues Cajun and Creole, Brasseaux and Gould delve into the topography, tradition, and economic climate of Acadiana.

In 2 hundred colour pictures of structure, landscapes, flora and fauna, and artifacts, Gould portrays the wealthy background nonetheless noticeable within the sector, whereas Brasseaux's engagingly written narrative covers the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tale of cost and improvement within the quarter. Brasseaux brings the tale modern, recounting devastating hurricanes and coastal degradation.

From living-history points of interest resembling Vermilionville, the Acadian Village, and Longfellow-Evangeline kingdom Park to tune venues, gala's, and crawfish boils, Acadiana depicts a resilient and colourful lifestyle and provides a brilliant portrait of a tradition that maintains to captivate, allure, and endure.

For all those that are looking to discover those humans and this position, Brasseaux and Gould have supplied an insightful written and visible history.

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In pre-revolutionary France, which provided a societal model for Louisiana’s emerging elite, only members of the aristocracy had the right to erect pigeonniers. The interior view of beams and ceiling in one of the pigeonniers flanking Parlange Plantation’s tree-lined entryway appears above. P oi n t e C ou pé e a n d Avoy e l l e s Pa r i sh e s 21 Above and right: A small prayer chapel rests behind the Hypolite Bordelon House (now a tourist center in Marksville). The chapel was originally located in the cemetery adjacent to St.

Expansion of slaveholdings brought with it an accumulation of debt and the continuous need to increase productivity to extinguish those financial obligations. It is thus hardly surprising that in 1811 this plantation belt engendered the nation’s largest slave revolt. As in Pointe Coupée Parish, the insurrection was fomented by an immigrant agent of revolution, Charles, a slave reportedly from Saint-Domingue. Charles, at the time owned by Veuve Jean-Baptiste Deslondes and rented by Col. Manuel Andry, began coordinating a slave insurrection on the Andry plantation near present-day Norco sometime before the evening of January 8, 1811, when slave insurgents attacked Colonel Andry and his son, killing the latter and wounding the former.

James Parish just above the town of Vacherie, Laura Plantation boasts one of Louisiana’s most complete extant historical Creole plantation complexes. The plantation is now a major heritage tourism site. I n t roduc t ion 41 Oak Alley Plantation was built in 1837–39 by George Swainey for the planter Jacques Télésphore Roman. The site’s signature oak alleyway, approximately 800 feet long, consists of trees planted before the current home was constructed. 42 Ac a di a na As Roman’s plantation home rose from its foundation, steamboats much like the Delta Queen were bringing a transportation revolution—and unprecedented economic growth—to the region.

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