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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - History - 562 pages
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On September 4, 1755, The Pennsylvania Gazette printed a dispatch from the maritime province of Nova Scotia: "We are now upon a great and noble Scheme of sending the neutral French out of this Province, who have always been secret Enemies, and have encouraged our Savages to cut our Throats. If we effect their Expulsion, it will be one of the greatest Things that ever the English did in America; for by all Accounts, that Part of the Country they possess, is as good Land as any in the World: In case therefore we could get some good English Farmers in their Room, this Province would abound with all Kinds of Provisions."
At the time these words were published, New England troops acting under the authority of the colonial governors of Nova Scotia and Massachusetts were systematically rounding up more than seven thousand Acadians, the French-speaking, Catholic inhabitants who lived in communities along the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Men, women, and children alike were crowded into transport vessels and deported in small groups to other British colonies across the continent of North America.
Piecing together the scattered remnants of Acadian civilization in documents and sources buried deep in archives, historian John Mack Faragher provides the first comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and historically accurate account of the expulsion from both British and Acadian points of view.
  

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Review: A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from their American Homeland

User Review  - Alan - Goodreads

This book clearly lays out the difference between the French and the British in their approach to colonization of North America. It's a good companion to David Hackett Fischer's Champlain's Dream ... Read full review

Review: A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from their American Homeland

User Review  - John - Goodreads

This was a difficult rating for me to assign--for subject matter, comprehensive coverage of the intricacies of historical events often poorly known, and as a source book this is a "5+". However, the ... Read full review

Contents

L Ordre de BonTemps The French Arrival in lAcadie 16041616
1
Seigneurs et Rouriers The Birth of the Acadian People 16141688
35
Cunning Is Better than Force Life in the Borderland 16711696
71
Nos Amis les Ennemis The English Conquest 16961710
99
The Meadows of LAcadie Imperial Designs and Acadian Desires 17101718
125
To Gett Them Over by Degrees Controversy Over the Oath 17181730
151
The French Neutrals Years of Acadian Prosperity 17301739
179
Placd Between Two Fires Paul Mascarene and Imperial War 17391747
209
Driven Out of the Country The Decision to Remove the Acadians JuneJuly 1755
313
Gone All Gone The Expulsion AugustDecember 1755
335
Removed to a Strange Land The Exiles 17551758
365
Chasse à Mort The Refugees 17561760
393
The Rays of the Morning End of the Removal Era 17601785
417
Le Grand Dérangement Memory and History
443
Notes
481
Permissions
539

Discord and Desolation The British Buildup 17481753
245
By Fire and Sword The Siege of Beausejour December 1753July 1755
279

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John Mack Faragher is the Arthur Unobskey Professor of American History at Yale University. He is also director of Yales Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders.

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