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Exiled French Catholic Acadians: British South Carolina in Humanitarian Crisis 1755-1765
October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
A story that’s 250 years old but as timely as today’s newscast! Join Victoria Musheff of the Citadel History Department for a look at how the Lowcountry was affected by forced removals from Canadian provinces during the French and Indian War.
Controversy over political refugees is nothing new in history….and particularly in the history of South Carolina. One of the lesser known controversies will be the subject of the October 15 Daniel Island Historical Society meeting.
Basically (although nothing like this is ever simple) the British forcibly evicted a French ethnic group known as Acadians from the Maritime provinces of Canada and well as from Quebec and what is now Maine.
Citadel history professor Victoria Musheff will speak on Colonial Carolina in the midst of a humanitarian crisis between 1755-65, which was complicated by tensions around the French and Indian War.
This forced expulsion was also known as the Great Upheaval, the Great Expulsion, the Great Deportation and Le Grand Dérangement. The American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow memorialized the historic event in his poem about the plight of the fictional character Evangeline, which was popular and made the expulsion well known.