While Lower Louisiana had been settled by French colonists since the late 17th century, the Cajuns trace their roots to the influx of Acadian settlers after the Great Expulsion from their homeland during the French and British hostilities prior to the Seven Years' War (1756 to 1763).The Acadia region to which modern Cajuns trace their origin consisted largely of what are now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island plus parts of eastern Quebec and northern Maine.The origin of the designation Acadia is credited to the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, commissioned by the King Francis I of France, who on his 16th-century map applied the ancient Greek name "Arcadia" to the entire Atlantic coast north of Virginia.
"Galvez leaves New Orleans with an army of Spanish regulars and the Louisiana militia made up of 600 Cajun volunteers and captures the British strongholds of Fort Bute at Bayou Manchac, across from the Acadian settlement at St. And on September 21, they attack and capture Baton Rouge." A review of participating soldiers shows many common Cajun names among those who fought in the battles of Baton Rouge and West Florida.Living in a relatively isolated region until the early 20th century, Cajuns today are largely assimilated into the mainstream society and culture.Some Cajuns live in communities outside of Louisiana.Samuel de Champlain fixed the orthography with the 'r' omitted in the 17th century.The term eventually came to apply only to the northern part of the coast in what is now Canada and New England. government as a national ethnic group in 1980 per a discrimination lawsuit filed in federal district court. La., 1980), hinged on the issue of the Cajuns' ethnicity: We conclude that plaintiff is protected by Title VII's ban on national origin discrimination. He is "up front" and "mainstream." He is not asking for any special treatment.