Difference between revisions of "Acadiana"
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South is a region of Louisiana.
Southern Louisiana outside of New Orleans is usually divided into 2 separate regions: The Florida Parishes, the area north of Lake Pontchartrain and east of the Mississippi, and the other Acadiana, the prairies and bayous of SW Louisiana.
Florida Parishes is a historical definition, as this area was once part of the old Florida territory. Acadiana is a reference to the large population of Acadians, descendants of French speakers expelled from Nova Scotia by the British. These Louisiana Acadians are known as Cajuns an English corruption of Acadiens.
Florida Parishes is usually over shadowed by the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast areas that surround it; Acadiana on the other hands draws many people with its unique culture, dialects, and food.
Acadiana is home to the majority of Louisiana's Francophones. The vast majority of people in Acadiana can speak English, though some older Cadiens in rural areas may only speak French. While most can speak English, many Cajuns are bilingual, and around 30% of Acadiana residents can speak French (as opposed to 7% in Louisiana). Visitors from other English or French speaking regions may struggle with stronger local accents.
The local English accent incorporates many basic French words and unique pronunciations.
The French accent is very similar to the Acadian French spoken by our cousins New Brunswick. Communication between Cajuns and French, or Cajun and Qubecois, usually requires some effort.