A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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ACADIAN SPIRIT: The Legacy of Philippe d'Entremont
Question 2
The ancestors of present-day Acadian arrived from France in the 1630s.

True. It was the mid-seventeenth-century pioneers of Acadia, like Philippe d'Entremont, who are the ancestors of present day Acadians. The most significant migration of settlers from France occurred a little before d'Entremont's time. In 1632, Commander de Razilly set out from France with 300 men and the goal of developing the Acadian colony. Between 1632 and 1636, smaller numbers of settlers, both men and women, trickled into Acadia to lend a hand to the first colonists.

Earlier colonists, such as Samuel de Champlain and Pierre du Gua, sieur de Monts had attempted to establish the colony in the first few years of the seventeenth century. But harsh winters and clashes with rival colonists always forced them to retreat back to France, abandoning the settlement of Acadia.


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