A flag was adopted with the French tricolor to which a yellow star was added in the blue field. The star represents "Our Lady Of The Assumption.

In 1884 in Brunswick, Canada the Acadian people adopted "Our Lady Of The Assumption" as the patroness of the Acadian people. A fact ratified by Pope Pius X. August 15 is celebrated as her feast day. The song "Ave Marie " was picked as their National Hymn.
You cannot write Cajun history without writing about our Religious history.  

From the Beginning to Now
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In the early 1500’s French Fishermen fished off the Northern Coast of Canada. The King of France gave Samuel Champlain the rights to all Fur Trade out of Canada.

For this agreement Samuel Champlain had to bring Settlers from France to Canada. This area was named L’Arcadie. Many different Towns and Ports were built in the next few years. It was sometime in this period that the name Acadians came to be.

During this period France and the England went to war. French then gave all of L’Arcadie over to England.

Around the 1690’s England sent Sir William Phips to do away with all these French Catholic people. This is the time settlers from Scotland started settle in this area. That is how the name of new Scotland later Novia Scotia came about. At this time The Grand Disarrangement (the big disarrangement) began, deporting all French Catholic from Nova Scotia. Thousands of Acadian was sent too all parts of the world. Out of the thousands deported about Half of these Died. The ones that were sent too the Northern part of America were sent too Slavery Camps. Most of their kids were sold To Slavery.

Out of the Acadians that were left alive they went too the New Louisiana Territory. Upon arriving in New Orleans the Acadians were given traveling directions out of town too the Central parts of Louisiana known as Opelousas and Attakapas.

The Parishes involved in settling the Acadian are around 22. They are Acadia, Ascensions, Assumption, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Point Coupe, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. James St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion and West Baton Rouge. The town of St. Martinsville, St. Martin Parish became the Seat to all of Acadiana. All the governmental affairs for the area were done there.

The word Cajun was born. The Cajuns saw things in this area they had never seen before. The name given too these things came from Indians and the Spanish that were in the area. The Cajun language was born.

When I started school I was punished for speaking French Acadiana; All the French Acadiana speaking kids were force to learn English. This get me mad.
Now after half a century there’s two languages in America. “Spanish and English” When are they going to make these people speak English???

Anyway, all kinds of things began to happen. Cajun Culture, Cajun Cuisine.

The Cajuns brought with them their tradition of the French Cuisine, and what they learned from the Indians of Canada. Putting this together with the Indians of Louisiana and their special herbs; then adding the Spanish flavors from this area mixing this with the African cooks.

Cajun Cuisine is Born

The input of the Cajun too this melting pot; Economy and Simplicity. (What is here is what you get) The most important thing was Patience and Skill, which was their most important trait. This is what produced the only American Cuisine named.
“Cajun Cuisine”

New Orleans is not Cajun.
Blackened what ever is not Cajun.
A mistake made by a Chef burning the piece of fish or meat.

If you serve this mess to a Cajun, he’ll laugh in your face smack you up side the head, and tell you to get back in the kitchen and cook some good food. There no such thing as blackened in the real Cajun Cuisine that I know of.

The 65 years I’m here, I don’t remember my Mother and Grandmother or the cooks that cooked for the field workers ever burning anything.

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