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A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland

Written by:
John Mack Faragher
Narrated by:
Paul Heitsch

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2019
17 hours 54 minutes
In 1755, New England troops embarked on a 'great and noble scheme' to expel 18,000 French-speaking Acadians ('the neutral French') from Nova Scotia, killing thousands, separating innumerable families, and driving many into forests where they waged a desperate guerrilla resistance. The right of neutrality-to live in peace from the imperial wars waged between France and England-had been one of the founding values of Acadia. Its settlers traded and intermarried freely with native Mikmaq Indians and English Protestants alike. But the Acadians' refusal to swear unconditional allegiance to the British Crown in the mid-eighteenth century gave New Englanders, who had long coveted Nova Scotia's fertile farmland, pretense enough to launch a campaign of ethnic cleansing on a massive scale. John Mack Faragher draws on original research to weave 150 years of history into a gripping narrative of both the civilization of Acadia and the British plot to destroy it.
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Gene Robinson

A thorough and well- presented history of the Acadiens read by an American well-versed in the french language.. I thoroughly respected and enjoyed both.

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