Around 1670, around eighty years before the war, simple, peaceful French farmers living in Acadia (modern day Nova Scotia) moved northward on the peninsula to the coastal region of Grandpre, where they developed a pastoral farming existence. Known as friends of the native Indians, talented craftsmen, clean homemakers, and industrious and successful farmers, they carved out a rugged existence in a cold and rugged land.
After such struggles and eventual success against the wilderness, the Acadians eventually realized that the toil and suffering would be all for naught, for these peaceful working people soon raised suspicion with British leaders when in 1689, during a period of war with France, the English captured the lands of these 'Acadians' living so well in Grandpre. Because they still maintained contact with the French across the border (they were French after all) the British governor deemed them a threat, though he had been assured that the Acadians seemed apolitical and unlikely to take either side in any future French/English conflict.
Finally, in 1755, after the Acadians had requested permission to peacefully emigrate elsewhere, the British forced them out of their homes and scattered them rather brutally around the Atlantic rim. Some ended up in Britain where whole families were held and housed in jails and p while there homeland (France) and Britain fought a war (the Seven Years War); some were sent to British held West Indies isles; and some were scattered down the Atlantic Seaboard through the Carolinas. In British colonies they were outcasts and often became mere servants. While initially being removed, their homes were burned in Grandpre and the forced emigration was emotional and harsh. Scenes of mothers, whose children got put on a ship without them, crying while British soldiers laughed seem to have been common. These were cooperative people, who had volunteered to leave their homes, being kicked out like vermin as they saw their families divided, broken, and destroyed.
As years passed, rumors grew that some Acadians were reuniting in Louisiana in America, which was culturally very French. Following those rumors, many Acadians traveled to Louisiana, where the Acadian community grew and became the Cajun people of the modern era.
Their story . . stories like this are why Jefferson and the other founders wanted you, the American citizen, to be armed. These are not just old stories. The are echoed in Turkey between 1912 and 1922, in the Philippines between 1899 and 1910, and they are replayed today, most especially now in Africa and the Middle East. This kind of scenario can occur anytime anywhere. Simply listen to the rhetoric of the American leftists and ask yourself what a truly socialist regime might do if it came to power in our land.
In Early America, with no media and few theaters, family games, readings, and sing-a-longs were the common evening entertainment. This was the reason for the popularity of poetry and especially long story poems, of which Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a master. If you had gone to school here in America when secondary education was actually worthwhile and of quality in a history and literary sense, you would have probably read his great poem "Evangeline". You would probably have been alternately entertained and bored following the story of a young Acadian girl's trials during the experience of the removal of her people from their pastoral agricultural existence . . her separation from her true love . . her survival . . her search for him . . and the circumstances of their reuniting years later.