“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lafayette in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Broussard House

Maison Broussard

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1. Broussard House Marker
A Large Acadian Plantation Home

La Maison Broussard dates to 1790, and is the oldest building in Vermilionville. It was the home of Armand Broussard, who immigrated to Louisiana as a child from Acadian Canada. Armand was the son of Joseph "Beausoleil" Broussard, the famous Acadian resistance fighter who brought over two hundred Acadian refugees from Canada to the Poste des Attakapas in 1765. At the age of sixteen, Armand registered his first cattle brand, and eventually became a prosperous rancher with his wife Anne Benoit and their fourteen children. Broussard was also a military veteran who served in both the American Revolution and at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

Enslaved Workers: A Diverse Group in Southwest Louisiana
The Broussard Plantation like most large farming operations used slave labor. Enslaved persons in southwest Louisiana were a culturally diverse group, comprised of native-born Africans of numerous different ethnic groups from across western and central Africa, French-speaking Creole persons of color, and English-speaking persons of color

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from the eastern states. Enslaved workers performed skilled jobs in the construction trades, blacksmithing, cattle droving, laundering and cooking, as well as less skilled jobs such as field hands and general labor.


Une grande maison d'habitation acadienne

La Maison Broussard date de 7790, faisant d'elle la plus vieille bâtisse à Vermilionville. C'était la maison d'Armand Broussard qui est venu enfant en Louisiane de l'Acadie. Armand était le fils de Joseph Broussard, dit Beausoleil, le célèbre résistant acadien qui a amené 200 réfugiés du Canada au Poste des Attakapas en 1765. À l'âge de 16 ans, Armand a enregistré sa première marque. Petit à petit, il est devenu un éleveur prospère avec sa femme Anne Benoît et leurs treize enfants. Broussard était également un ancien combattant de la Révolution américaine et de la Bataille de la Nouvelle-Orleans en 1815

Travailleurs asservis Un groupe divers en Louisiane du sud-ouest
L'habitation Broussard comme la plupart des exploitations agricoles étaient esclavagiste. Les gens asservis clans le sud-ouest de la Louisiane étaient culturellement un groupe divers comprenant des Africains de plusieurs ethnies différentes, des Créoles de couleur fraricophones et des

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gens de couleur anglophones des états de l'est. Les travailleurs asservis pratiquaient des métiers tels que charpentier, forgeron, bouvier, femme de ménage et cuisinière, ainsi que les travaux moins spécialisés comme les travailleurs agricoles ou manuels.

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Enslaved persons in southwest Louisiana worked a variety of occupations. Males often specialized in skilled trades such as livestock management and droving, blacksmithing, and various construction trades such as carpentry, masonry, and plastering. Females often performed skilled jobs such as domestic work, washing, and child-care. Enslaved persons of African descent often served as cooks in many households, and thereby integrated many African dishes such as jambalaya (known as jolof in western Africa) and other rice-based dishes, coush-coush, okra, and sweet potatoes. As such, the foods of the region represent an important cultural legacy of the African diaspora in the Americas.


Les gens asservis dans le sud-ouest de la Louisiane exerçaient une variété de métiers. Les hommes se spécialisaient dans des métiers comme bouviers et forgerons, ou dans Ia construction comme la charpenterie, Ia maçonnerie ou le plâtrage. Les femmes pratiquaient les métiers domestiques comme le ménage, la lessive et la garde

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4. Broussard House Historic Plaque
Historic Property
The Armand Broussard House
C. 1790
Lafayette Parish Preservation Commission
d'enfant. Les gens asservis d'origine africaine étaient souvent des cuisiniers qul intégraient plusieurs plats africains tels le jambalaya (connu comme jolof en Afrique occidentale) dans les foyers, ainsi que d'autres plats à base de riz, le couche-couche, le gombo et les patates douces. Par ce moyen, les nourritures de la région symbolisent l'héritage culturel de la diaspora africaine aux Amériques.
Erected by Vermilionville Historic Village.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 30° 12.959′ N, 91° 59.612′ W. Marker is in Lafayette, Louisiana, in Lafayette Parish. Marker can be reached from Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette LA 70508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Le Petit Bayou: Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Boucvalt House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Presbytery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Attakapas Chapel (about 300 feet away); Acadian House (about 300 feet away); The Forge (about 400
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feet away); Buller House (about 400 feet away); Mouton Kitchen (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lafayette.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Vermilionville Historic Village, a living history museum. Fee is charged for access to museum grounds.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 13, 2019.

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