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Origins of Acadians
"The varied origins of Acadians at the opening of the eighteenth century is captured in a statistical snapshot prepared by the French scholar Geneviève Massignon. In 1707,
36.1 percent of the Acadian population could be traced to the Loudunais region of France, southwest of Nantes;
11 percent came from the centre-west areas of France, the regions of Poitou, Saintonge, and Angoumois; and a further
4.1 percent were from Aunis.
Some 2.7 percent originated in Anjou,
one family each from Tours, Orléans, and Paris, representing respectively 0.3, 0.2, and 0.5 percent of the total population.
The numbers from Normandy (1.2 percent) and Brittany (1.2 percent) were less than half of those who had an anglophone heritage (4.7 percent).
There were families from Maine, Bourgogne, Champagne, and Brie, accounting in total for 9.2 percent of the population.
A family from Flanders made up 0.4 percent of the population, and Guyenne, Provence, and the Basque country accounted for another 2.5 percent.
Almost a quarter of the population, 23.9 percent, left no trace of particular regional affiliation but were of obvious French backgrounds.
There was at least one family, accounting for 0.2 percent, from Portugal, and 1.6 came from France’s larger colony along the St Lawrence."
(source: The Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples - Acadians -by: Naomi Griffiths,
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