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

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Good scholarship on a not so well known episode of the colonial experience. The expulsion of the Acadians from what is now Nova Scotia by the British authorities during the Seven Years War (F&I here) as a way to secure borders against attacks. Well written and very thought provoking. Read full review

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

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A fair but passionate telling of a tragic episode in American history. It should be taught in US history classes. The book is very well documented and looks at the events before and after the "grande derangement" from all sides using the most currently available historic materials. Read full review


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

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

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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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