In 1755, the French-speaking Acadians, now known as the Cajuns, were forced from their homeland in Nova Scotia, Canada by the British. Years later, many of those exiles journeyed to the Louisiana territory to find a new home along its southern region's fertile marshlands and prairies. There they joined another group of settlers called Creoles, the descendants of African, West Indian and European pioneers, as well as the Native Amicans.
The Creoles were carving out their niche in colonial Louisiana and the Native American tribes were indigenous to the region. Through innovation, cooperation and hard work, along with help of the Native Americans, the Cajuns and Creoles survived and eventually flourished in south Louisiana.