The ancestors of present-day
Acadian arrived from France in the 1630s.
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