Jeanne Dugas of Acadia

Paperback | June 12, 2013

byCassie Deveaux Cohoon

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Born of Acadian parents at Louisbourg, Jeanne Dugas (1731-1817) and her husband Pierre Bois were among the founding families of the Acadian village of Chéticamp in 1785. Descended from one of the three most prominent families in Acadia, Jeanne Dugas and her family lived for more than thirty years under the threat of capture and deportation by the British militia and attacks by pirates and privateers.

In this historical fiction, we follow Jeanne Dugas’s trials and tribulations from Louisbourg to Grand Pré (NS), to Port Toulouse and Mira (Cape Breton), Île-Saint-Jean (PEI), Remshic (NS), Restigouche (NB) and back again – often more than once. Finally captured by the British militia, she and her family were imprisoned for three years on George’s Island, where three of her four children died. When released, they sought refuge on Île Madame (Cape Breton) and finally to the area now known as Chéticamp.

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Born of Acadian parents at Louisbourg, Jeanne Dugas (1731-1817) and her husband Pierre Bois were among the founding families of the Acadian village of Chéticamp in 1785. Descended from one of the three most prominent families in Acadia, Jeanne Dugas and her family lived for more than thirty years under the threat of capture and deporta...

Cassie Deveaux Cohoon was born in the Acadian village of Chéticamp on Cape Breton Island. Her Acadian heritage goes back to the early days of Grand Pré on her father’s side and Beaubassin (now Amherst) on her mother’s. She has lived in New York City and Paris, France, and now makes her home in Montréal, Québec. She has worked as a free...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.63 inPublished:June 12, 2013Publisher:Cape Breton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897009712

ISBN - 13:9781897009710

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sheds new light on an age-old story I had always thought that I had a good grasp of the history of the 18th Century deportation of the Acadians from Nova Scotia, but I found that the story came to life like never before in the pages of Jeanne Dugas of Acadia. Riveting and filled with emotion, the book follows the life of Jeanne Dugas as she and her family try desperately to avoid deportation and remain in their beloved Acadia. The heartache that Jeanne faces is expressed flawlessly by the author, who uniquely captures a female perspective on the deportation. This is a must read for lovers of Acadian or Nova Scotian history, but would be enjoyed by all.
Date published: 2015-03-17