Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Acadians of Tintamarre

Sometime around 1708, the sons of Pierre Gaudet l'aîné [meaning the elder] along with his sons Pierre, Abraham and Augustin, were the pioneers of Tintamarre. This became the center of the whole settlement on the Tintamarre River.

They would later be joined by their Gaudet cousins as well as Germain Girouard who had left Port-Royal. The Haché, Bernard, Bourg and Richard families would pioneer other villages downriver. About 1717, the Arsenault, Poirier and Chiasson families would do the same upriver.

Building dykes to reclaim the fertile soil of the marshlands, they planted crops and raised livestock. Around 1723 they built a chapel. Once the deportation of the Acadians was underway, the British and New England military from Forts Cumberland [Beauséjour before it fell to the British] and Lawrence destroyed the surrounding villages, including Tintamarre in September of 1755. Despite all odds, the Acadian culture has survived and remains an important part of today's Tantramar's history. Map used with permission of the Tantramar site - "Yes, by all means use the map from the Tantramar Historic Sites web site for your own Acadian site. - Best wishes, Charlie Scobie.

©Lucie LeBlanc Consentino 
2006 - Present

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