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The huge exodus of Acadians that took place from 1755 to 1762 by order of Governor Lawrence was known as the Grand Derangement.

The Acadians were forced to leave their homes in eastern Canada for three reasons:
1. Most Acadians refused to pledge allegiance to the King of England.
2. The English were worried about the very high birth rate among Acadians.
3. Getting rid of the French-speaking Acadians made room for more English speakers.
The majority of Acadians settled in Louisiana.

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 Contributed by: Laura K. Lawless (About Guide to the French Language)

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