A decade later, Bona Arsenault's, History, published in 1966 in both French and English versions, continued the myth, in spades.
The Canadian genealogist-turned-historian states, under the heading "Arrival of the First Acadians in Louisiana": "It is our belief that a number of Acadians deported in 1755 to Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia most certainly succeeded in reaching Louisiana, in 1756.
Martin, however, gives no authority for his statement"--for the simple reason that there was none.Later in the twentieth-century, however, Louisiana and Canadian historians resurrected the 1750s-overland myth.For these Acadians and those other three or four thousand who, between 17, filtered from the American colonies and the West Indies into Louisiana, the cruel expulsions of 1755 were gone with the clouds of the Seven Years' War." In truth, "only" about 1,300 Acadians "filtered" in from Georgia, Halifax, Maryland, and St.-Domingue in the first decade of Acadian settlement in Louisiana.What Winzerling's passage does reveal is the imprecision of Acadian studies as late as the mid-1950s as to the number of Acadians who came to Louisiana in the earliest years of their migration there, and, especially, when they first reached the colony.INTRODUCTION BOOK ONE: French Acadia BOOK TWO: British Nova Scotia BOOK THREE: Families, Migration, and the Acadian "Begats" BOOK FOUR: The French Maritimes BOOK FIVE: The Great Upheaval BOOK SIX: The Acadian Immigrants of Louisiana BOOK SEVEN: French Louisiana BOOK NINE: The First Acadians in Louisiana The Broussards were not the first Acadians to come to the colony.
Nor, as legend would have it, did the first Acadian exiles, like Evangeline of Longfellow's poem, reach Louisiana during the 1750s via the upper Mississippi.
In every province, the humane example of the legislature of Pennsylvania, was followed, and the colonial treasury was opened to relieve the sufferers; and private charity was not outdone by the public.
Yet, but a few accepted the profered relief and sat down on the land that was offered them." Judge Martin's narrative, under the heading for 1756, plunges headlong into the overland myth: "The others fled westerly," he says of the exiles, "from what appeared to them a hostile shore--wandering till they found themselves out of sight of any who spoke the English language.
Beginning in the late 1840s, not long after Judge Martin's passing, Creole historian Charles tienne Arthur Gayarr published a history of his native state.
In a later edition of his work, for which he consulted colonial records only recently made available, Gayarr says nothing of Acadians reaching Louisiana during the 1750s.
They had come from New York." A few pages later, the professor continues: "On February 28, 1765, Foucault, the commissaire ordonnateur, wrote to the minister that a few days previously several Acadian families, to the number of one hundred and ninety-three persons, had come over from Santo Domingo.