By December 1755, 2,200 Acadians were deported from the Grand Pré region. Some were sent to England and France. Others were sent to Massachusetts, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia. The British troops burned their homes so the Acadians would not be tempted to return.
It was not easy for the British to deport the Acadians. Many of them resisted the expulsion and hid in the woods. Some fled to different parts of Canada and Newfoundland.
The Return of the Acadians
In 1764, the Acadians were allowed to return to Nova Scotia. By this time, other settlers had their land. The British did not allow the Acadians to form large settlements, so many moved to different coastal regions of Nova Scotia. It is believed that by the early nineteenth century, 23,000 Acadians had returned to the Maritimes and Quebec. Today there are over 40,000 Acadians in Nova Scotia.
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