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The two thousand Acadians that were able to escape the deportation of 1755 were hidden in the many forests in Nova Scotia and in New Brunswick. They lived in constant fear thinking they might, one day, be captured by the English and be prisoners in Halifax.

Bellin, Jacques-Nicolas, Carte de la partie orientale de la Nouvelle France ou du Canada, 1744. Bibliothèque nationale du Québec.

May 1st ,1757, the Acadian families were not able to go out or circulate around the American colonies in which they were put in, they needed autorisation to get out of this environment.

February 8, 1766, the few Acadians that reunited in Boston asked to be transported to Canada. The Representatives of the Chamber of Masachusetts refused to give this to the Acadians.

Since they were not able to provide sufficent vessels, Acadians of Massachusetts, of Connecticut and of New York decided to walk to Montreal. This voyage of around 800 kilometers didn’t scare the Acadians since they were used to this in their life styles within the Acadian forests in the maritime provinces. In the spring of 1767, parents and friends of the Amirault and Forest families, gathered in Connecticut and formed groups for their long voyage to Canada.



Arsenault, Bona, Histoire et généalogie des acadiens, Tome 1, Le Conseil de la vie française en Amérique, Québec, 1965

Deveau, J. Alphonse, Notre Héritage Acadien Vol. 1, L’imprimerie de l’Université Sainte-Anne, Pointe-de-l’Église, N.-É., 1982

Deveau, J. Alphonse, Sally Ross, Les Acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse; hier et aujourd’hui, Éditions d’Acadie, Moncton, 1995

Lanctôt, Léopold, L’Acadie des Origines, Éditions du Fleuve, Montréal, 1988