The Great Acadian Upheaval
Exiled Acadians become Louisiana's Cajuns
The monument in front of you commemorates the "Great Upheaval" of the Acadian people from their homeland in what is now Nova Scotia, Canada. Beginning in 1755, Acadian villagers, caught in a power struggle between France and England were uprooted - families torn apart, homes burned, possessions confiscated. In the late 1700s many of the exiles found refuge here in Louisiana's bayou country.
The Sociétè Nationale de l'Adadie of New Brunswick, Canada, is placing monuments around the world to commemorate the 250th anniversary of these tragic events. The monument in Houma was unveiled in 2011.
The cross replicates the 12 ft. tall Deportation Cross which stands at Grand-Pré in Nova Scotia, the official site of Le Grand Dérangement. The paddle shape at the bottom of the cross recalls the journeys across the waters.
The bronze plaque depicts the Acadians' complex migrations. Note the Acadian flag, the church of Grand-Pré, and Louis Phillipe Hébert's famous sculpture of an Acadian family.
The monuments foundation symbolizes a star which guides sailors across the sea, and also represents Our Lady of the Assumption, the patron saint
Deportation from Acadia by the British, 1755. Loaded onto overcrowded ships, thousands died in filthy, unbearable living conditions. Exiles were sent to the American colonies, England, France and the West Indies.
Examples of family names recorded in Acadian census documents. These Cajun names are evidence throughout Houma and Terrebonne Parish today.
Erected by Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Notable Events • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1755.
Location. 29° 35.917′ N, 90° 43.203′ W. Marker is in Houma, Louisiana, in Terrebonne Parish. Marker can be reached from West Park Avenue (State Highway 24) north of Barrow Street (State Highway 182), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7910 West Park Aveune, Houma LA 70364, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Grand Dérangement / Le Grand Dérangement (a few steps from this marker); New Acadia / Nouvelle Acadie (a few steps from this marker); Bayou Terrebonne (a few steps from this marker); When Oysters Were King (within shouting distance of this marker); A History of Terrebonne Parish (about 300
More about this marker. Located in the parking lot of the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.