Treaty designed to expel French sent them to Louisiana instead

A treaty that was signed in Paris in early February 1763, had far-reaching consequences for the great European powers of the day, but it was also one of the most important documents in the history of south Louisiana.

It officially ended the struggle that was known as the Seven Years’ War in Europe, as the French and Indian War in North America, and in Louisiana as the crisis that gave the British the excuse they’d been looking for to send the Acadians into exile.

The treaty ending the war allowed Acadians who had been scattered throughout the English colonies to return to their ancestral homelands, or to go someplace else. Some of them came to Louisiana at that time, but not in large numbers.

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