Michael, BT, QS, and others drawn to this thread, I feel that same sense of needing to keep a positive, realistic, perspective; balanced with vigilant awareness when danger and harm may be avoided or diminished by apt efforts. Acadia, to me, was both a huge success and a dismal failure because they were strong in the former, yet weak in the latter.
The first libertarians on this continent settled in 1608 in the region that later became Nova Scotia and Northern Maine; with their unique approach to building a community that thrived respectfully among the local Mikmaq tribe; intermarrying, sharing language, faith, and trade, without the coercive manipulations of local or foreign governments. A shining example of the best applications of liberty consciousness was found in their new continental experiment.
However, the British could not resist their primal urge to raid, rather than trade with them, and the Acadians hadn't the means to resist them; so after over 100 years of relatively peaceful prosperity, they were driven away from their lands, with over half of them dying in their dispersal. Many went as far as Louisiana, becoming those Cajun folks we are more familiar with. I found this quote from that era, "My dear father [...] you can come here boldly with my dear mother and all the other Acadian families. They will always be better off than in France. There are neither duties nor taxes to pay and the more one works, the more one earns without doing harm to anyone."
—Jean-Baptiste Semer, 1766 History repeated itself there also, somewhat, for as we all know, Louisiana ain't that way no mo'!
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass
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