Heroes of the Acadian Resistance

The Story of Joseph Beausoleil Broussard and Pierre II Surette 1702-1765

Dianne Marshall

Heroes of the Acadian Resistance tells the unique and little-known story of two young men who became leaders of guerilla fighters who resisted the British authorities in Nova Scotia. They fought to prevent the destruction of Acadian homes and farms and the forcible deportation of thousands of men, women and children. This book offers a fresh perspe
Date Published :
October 2011
Publisher :
Formac Publishing Ltd.
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9780887809781
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Heroes of the Acadian Resistance tells the unique and little-known story of the young men who led an Acadian resistance in 18th century Nova Scotia. They fought valiantly in a guerilla campaign against the British to save their homes and families from destruction and deportation.

Their battle was against a form of ethnic cleansing that saw British soldiers burn every remnant of the Acadian community -- homes, barns and churches. All Acadians who the soldiers were able to round up were forcibly deported.

The French government used missionary priests as government agents to generate resistance amongst Mi'kmaq and Acadian Catholics in an attempt to regain Nova Scotia from British domination. Their efforts were welcomed by some Acadians who had their own reasons for resisting British rule. The guerilla campaign which ensued was well underway before the deportation, and continued after the majority of Acadians had been captured and forcibly exiled.

Heroes of the Acadian Resistance tells the story of that resistance and two young Acadians who proved to be leaders in these battles -- Joseph Beausoleil Broussard and Pierre II Surette. Beausoleil, who like many fellow Acadians ended up in Louisiana, is remembered in the Cajun community as a great Acadian hero. Surette lived out his days in Yarmouth County in Nova Scotia, an area which is still home to many of Surette's descendants.

This book offers a fresh perspective on the tragic events of the Acadian expulsion from 18th century Nova Scotia.

About The Author
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DIANNE MARSHALL considers herself an amateur historian, but her books have won her positive reviews from historians as well as award nominations. She was born, raised and educated in Halifax and worked as a senior civil servant in the Nova Scotia government. Heroes of the Acadian Resistance was nominated for the 2012 Dartmouth Book Award. She appears regularly on CBC Radio's Information Morning telling true stories of Nova Scotia's past and is a frequent contributor to the Sunday Herald.