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Founded in 1604, Acadia was the first attempt at colonizing the New World. De Monts, Champlain and Poutrincourt, accompanied by 80 French colonists, led the expedition and founded the colony on Saint Croix Island and then, the following year, at Port Royal. Thus began the great Acadian adventure, forever marked by the Expulsion in 1755. The Acadians were deported to several British colonies in North America and hunted for eight whole years. Only in 1763 did Acadia, which had practically been destroyed, begin to show new signs of life.

In New Brunswick, the Acadians settled mainly along the coast, from Cap-Pelé to Miscou, and inland as far as St-Jacques in the northwestern corner of the province. In Nova Scotia, they set down roots in Baie Ste-Marie and Cape Breton. On Prince Edward Island, they came first to the Évangéline region, and in Newfoundland to the Western Shore.

The Collège de Memramcook and Université Sainte-Anne, founded in the late 19th century, breathed new life into Acadia. Their very existence drew Acadia into the modern era, spurring decisive progress in the areas of education, social justice and language rights.

Acadia in the Atlantic Provinces now has a population of over 300,000 proud Acadians.
CRIA (Centre de ressources international et acadien) is a one-stop online source for information on the structures and modes of operation of the various market networks making up the Acadian and European cultural industries. CRIA is a project of SPAASI (Stratégie de promotion des artistes acadiens sur la scène internationale) and the SNA (Société Nationale de l'Acadie).
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