One more cajun story

Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisian...

Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (5) (Photo credit: Ken Lund)

Aerial view of Louisiana wetlands
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One of the differences I’ve noticed between Louisiana and other areas is that we name things differently. One reason is the strong French influence obviously, but another part of it is that the Bayou State has had such a multi culutural existence. Some people have asked me what makes Louisiana so unique? In  most ways, we are clearly unique. Sometimes though I do believe that we are not all that much different than the rest of the world, just a lot more aware of the things that make us who we are.

Since the mid 1700’s when those first Acadians arrived from Nova Scotia, they have made their way happy and humble. They were ejected from their own lands and seperated from families and made their way eventually to the Gulf Coast. Financially and emotionally wrecked many of them fell to disease. Those first few years were surely marked by severe hardship but just like the modern day cajuns, they were very resilient and tough. They made it and I really believe the story of those hearty people needs to be told.

Nearly the southern half of Louisiana is referred to as “Cajun Country” or Acadiana. Southwest LA is sometimes overlooked by tourists but it is a most fascinating place with some of the most interesting people you will ever meet.

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