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Volume 47, Number 1 (2018)

Nommer l’Acadien dans les empires britannique et français (1755-1765) : un enjeu politique ou économique ?

May 22, 2018


Were the Acadians still considered as Acadians from 1755 to 1765? This article gives an account of the many linguistic designations used in Atlantic host societies regarding Acadian exiles. These designations, found in public archives and private correspondence, reveals much about the British and French administrators’ views whenever they used expressions such as “Acadians” or “Neutral French.” These designations shed light on administrators’ expectations of Acadians who hesitated between granting Acadians British subjection and considering them as free laborers.