cannot write Cajun history without writing about our Religious history.
From the Beginning to Now. . .
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
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
When I started school
I was punished for speaking French Acadiana; All the French Acadiana
speaking kids were force to learn English. This get
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.
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