Cajun Cuisine

If you love Cajun Cuisine then you can thank the exiled Acadians for that hot pot of deliciousness. The Acadians were a group of French emigrants who settled in Canada near where modern-day Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is located. They became known as the Acadians. They migrated between 17th and 18th centuries.

Due to conflicts with fish and fur trapping efforts between Great Britain and France, the Seven Year’s War broke out. Unfortunately, the French lost the war due to the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and the Acadian’s were exiled as result after a century of settlement in modern-day Canada. The Acadians traveled South, eventually settling in what is now Louisiana.

After settling in Southern Louisiana, there were others of different nationalities settling in the area including those of Spanish nationality and those from the Canary Islands. The Acadians, along with other groups of other cultures, helped form what is now known as Cajun culture. Cajun French, as the language of the original Cajuns was derived, was often spoken in the home but the language eventually died out during the mid-20th century.

Cajun Cuisine remained traditional to the roots of the Acadians. They fished the waterways of southern Louisiana, favoring seafood in their dishes. The cuisine mainly incorporates a beloved trinity of bell peppers, onions, and celery. At the end of the 20th century, Cajun cuisine gathered more interest which made the cuisine more popular around the country and the world.