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Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site introduces visitors to the diverse cultural interplay among the French-speaking peoples along the Bayou Teche.
During the early 1700′s a few French settlers held lands on Bayou Teche. Many were descended from the first wave of French settlers in Louisiana. They called themselves “Creoles,” meaning native, since they were born in colonial Louisiana.
The second group of French-speaking settlers came during the middle of the 1700′s. In 1755, during the “Le Grand De’rangement,” British Soldiers removed the French-speaking Acadians from Nova Scotia. The Acadians searched for a new home for the next 10 years. In 1765 the first group of Acadians settled on the Bayou Teche. By 1785 over 3000 Acadians made their new home in South Louisiana.