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 Atchafalaya Basin  

 

   Swamp Tours  

 

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Introduction

 

 

 

Cajun country

 

Louisiana

 

Officially called ' Acadiana ' Cajun country is made up of 22 parishes in Louisiana and is home to the largest French speaking population in the US . Of the 700,000 Acadians in  Louisiana about 45% speak French as a second Language .The area is named from L'Acadie ( now called Nova Scotia ) where French settlers were exiled from by the British in 1755 . The French gave the name Acadie to the maritime section of New France . The origin of the name is still debated. Some contend it is from the Micmac Indian word algatig, meaning a camp or the Micmac word akade, meaning a place where things abound. Others favor the Arcadia from classical Greece .

 

Top 15 Tourist Attractions in Cajun Country

 

 

 

1

Downtown St. Martinville

city website   wikipedia

 

One of the most historically rich places in Louisiana and called Petit

Paris because its French heritage . Home of Evangeline Oak Park,

St. Martin Square, museums and more ,

 

 

 

2

Atchafalaya swamp tour

The Atchafalaya Basin is one of America's largest

remaining swampland areas

 

 

 

3

Vermillionville

A historic bayou attraction hosting a 23 acre living history and

folklife village and the Acadian Cultural Center

 

 

 Open air museum, Vermilionville, Lafayette, LA

 

4

Acadian Village

A replica of a 19th century Cajun bayou community, has been the location for

several movies . You can also see the Native American Museum

 

 

 

5

Washington Historic District

wikipedia

Once the second largest port in La during the steamboat era

 

 

 

6

Eunice

wikipedia

The Praire Cajun Capital famous for its horseback

Mardi Gras, food , festivals and museums .

 

 

 

7

Crowley Historic District

wikipedia

Once the rice capital of America, the historic

district has over 200 historic structures

 

 

 

8

Fred's Lounge Mamou

Famous for its Cajun music, Mamou bills itself

as "The Cajun Music Capital of the World."

 

 

 

9

Chretien Point Plantation

Built in 1831 and the model for Tara, rich in history .

 

10

Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation

 New Iberia

 

 

 Built in 1831-1834 for David and Mary Weeks, Shadows-on-the-Teche is a historic house and

garden on the Bayou Teche. Most homes of this era faced the bayou since water was the

primary method of transportation. In this case, the rear of Shadows-on-the-Teche faced

 the Bayou. Complete family history and plantation records exist today due to the

 fact that only one family has resided here since 1834.

11

Avery Island

wikipedia

Home of the world famous Tabasco sauce

and the 200 acre Jungle Gardens .

 

 

 

12

Franklin

Famous for its Oak Arcade with Antebellum homes such

as Oaklawn Manor and the Grevemberg House Museum

 

 

 

13

Rig Museum Morgan City

Oil exploration museum in Morgan City, the birthplace of offshore oil

exploration The general public can walk aboard an authentic offshore drilling rig.

 

 

 

14

Laurel Valley Village

The largest surviving 19th century sugar plantation and company

town left in America, at one time housed 350 workers

 

 

 

15

Thibodaux

 

 

 

 

 

The ' capital ' of French Louisiana is the city of Lafayette. Cajun country consists of three main districts, south of Lafayette are bayous and swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin where the first Cajuns settled . Northwest of Lafayette is the Cajun prairie made up of rice fields and ranches . Southwest of Lafayette is the ' Cajun Coast ' along the Gulf of Mexico .

 

The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph

 The deportation was a deliberate attempt to destroy a people and wipe out a distinct culture. It failed. The Acadians were too tough and too resilient. Today, there are an estimated 3 million Acadian descendants worldwide..

 

Cajun Country Guide

 

Cajun Self-Taugh

 

Cajun country in the 1930s

 

 

 The Fading Cajun Culture

This documentary covers over 300 years of history concerning the migration and development of modern day Cajuns.

 

 

From Canadians To Acadians -- St. Martinville, La

 

 

Comparing Bayou country 1941 and today

 

 

Louisiana Story (1948) Nominated for an Oscar® and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for its musical score, Robert J. Flaherty’s last masterpiece is a visually stunning, lyrical tribute to a land and its people. Flaherty’s poetic vision of nature and the human spirit fills every frame of this amazing film. Through the eyes of a young Cajun boy living on the Bayou, Flaherty tells a story of disruption and change when an oil rig brings industry into his pristine world. Listed on the National Film Registry as a national treasure, Louisiana Story has finally been restored to its original glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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