Acadians formerly lived in eastern Canada; also, when the English took control there after war with France, they made a deal to remain neutral in any future conflicts if they would be left to live in peace. But a new governor in 1755 ordered them to swear constancy to the crown of England. When they refused and reaffirmed their desire to remain neutral, the governor sequestered their lands and forced them to leave. Some returned to Europe, some moved to other corridor of Canada, some to areas in the colonies latterly to be the United States cargo hold cleaning. Over the coming decades thousands of Acadians from all these areas began moving to southwest Louisiana. The name Acadian got docked to Cajun. Their bonds were close and their culture survives moment. We’ll be visiting several of the municipalities that still maintain the traditions.
Whether it’s Cajun, zydeco, or swamp pop, Cajuns like to dance. A Cajun band played several afterlife and gloamings on the boat, plus Walter Cross and the Riverboat Five played jazz and cotillion music to continue our taste from New Orleans. Shows each night also contained some great ragtime, and the chesterfield pianist sang ridiculous old vaudeville songs. We were listed to go to Morgan City first, but you need to be flexible on swash sails, and that night because of fog a couple of barges got stuck on a beach bar and we couldn’t get past them. So, we went rather to the harborage of Iberia. There were reinforcement tenures past sugar club fields and old colonies toast. Martinsville and to Avery Island.
Martinsville the Cultural Heritage Center has a tempera depicting the 1765 appearance of the Acadians in Louisiana, a line center, and exhibits on free people of color in Louisiana who before the Civil War were active in business, possessed colonies, and indeed occasionally had large figures of slaves of their own blasting and painting. You could also visit Acadian Village with authentic Acadian structures including the home of assemblyman and Hadacol innovator Dudley LeBlanc. The coming day we cruised to Morgan City. There were further sugar club fields, and rice fields (which are latterly swamped for raising crayfish), and bayous and large cypress trees that were pivotal to erecting houses and the road in the development of the area. We visited beautiful Oaklawn Manor, erected in 1837 and now the colony home of former Louisiana governor.
Mike Foster and featuring a large collection of John James Audubon busts and prints. Audubon spent numerous times in this area. And we visited the Weddell- Williams Aviation Museum, with Weddell’s notorious aero plane that broke the world speed record Vessel Tank Cleaning. Coming stop was the harborage at Kratz Springs, and our stint companion on the machine played a guitar, sang songs, and told stories about his recollections as a boy of sitting in the feeder with his father, erecting a fire, their food cuisine in a big black pot. where gemstone swab is booby-trapped and Tabasco sauce is made and thousands of snowy egrets come to nest.