SFC Murry
SFC Murry, Johnathan
Mr. Daniels
21 October 2010
​Cajun a misunderstood culture: Their story
​The Cajun culture is a very misunderstood culture but yet full of history. Todays
society mainly thinks of a form of cooking when they hear the word Cajun.  Webster 
defines Cajun as a member of an ethnic group of Acadian French origin, primarily
living in Southern Louisiana. However, it also refers to the spicy food prepared in the
style of the Cajun  people.

​To fully understand the Cajun culture you must first understand their history.
Like many American settlers the Cajuans move to America came with struggle and
resistance. Cajuns were originally known as Acadians. The Acadians were French
settlers who were exiled from France in the 1750’s. The Cajuns are their descendents that
settle in Louisiana.
​During the Grand Derangement which is the exile, the exodus of Acadians that
took place from 1755 to 1762. The governor Charles Lawrence gave to order which
made history. Charles Lawrence is responsible for tearing Acadian families apart and
cramming them into cargo holds of wooden ships like African slaves. During the harsh
voyage many people became ill, starved or froze to death. Acadians were force to labor
and work as indenture servants in the colonies before they were able to escape. In 1803
the United States made a significant purchase from France we know as the Louisiana
Purchase. Again the Acadian were push from the eastern region of Canada known as
Acadia and fled to Louisiana.
​The Cajuns settle in Louisiana because of its very fertile farming soil. The area of
Louisiana, now known as Acadian, comprised about 22 parishes. It forms a triangle from
Lake Charles to west Grand Isle to the east with Pointe Coupee at the apex. The
Acadians were the largest group to settle in this area from 1765 to 1785. Although other