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Later in his narrative, Judge Martin adds: "On the fall of Canada [in 1759] a number of the colonists, unwilling to live under their conquerors, sought the warm clime over which the spotless banner still waved; most of them settled in the neighbourhood of the Acadians [on the lower Mississippi].
Others of a more roving disposition crossed the lakes that separate the right bank of the Mississippi from the western prairies and began the settlements of Attakapas, Opelousas and Avoyelles." Notice that Judge Martin says nothing of Acadians settling in the prairie districts.
Gayarr says lands on both sides of the Mississippi, above the German Coast, were given to them, and they settled there as far as Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupe." Like Gayarr before him, Professor Fortier, though he misidentified the origin of the 1766 arrivals, says nothing of Acadians coming to Louisiana in the 1750s.
He, in fact, notes that "Judge Martin, in his History of Louisiana, says the Acadians arrived in 1755 and received lands along the Mississippi coast.
He offers, instead, a more accurate account of their arrival in the colony: "Thus, between the 1st of January and the 13th of May, 1765," Gayarr relates, "about six hundred and fifty Acadians had arrived at New Orleans, and from that town had been sent to form settlements in Attakapas and Opelousas, under the command of Andry.
In one of his despatches to his government, the Commissary Foucault observed that these settlements would, in a few years, rise to considerable importance...." Gayarr says nothing of Acadian settlements above the German Coast in the context of the 1765 arrivals but places them there a few years later, during the early Spanish period.
They settled above the Germans coast, on both sides of the Mississippi, and in course of time their plantations connected the latter settlement with that of Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee.
An interesting group of 216, who came direct from Halifax, Nova Scotia, landed in New Orleans on Nov. James)." first published in 1955: "The seven [ships'] expeditions [of 1785] formed but half of Acadian immigration to the state[sic] of Louisiana.
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.
Despite his careful research, however, he missed entirely the arrival of the Acadians from Georgia in February 1764.
Not so the next author of a multi-volume history of Louisiana.