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| The Cajuns had to do something
that many of their ancestors had avoided. They couldn't reclaim marshland,
so they had to chop down trees to create land for farming. By the
early 1770s, the average Cajun along the Mississippi River had cleared
2 arpents. That was the minimum required to get a land patent under
the Spanish government. Along the river, the Cajuns had to build
levees to keep out the rising waters. They often built cypress fences
along their property.
The crops of Acadia ... such as wheat, barley, and oats ... didn't grow well in Louisiana. So they learned to grow corn, cotton, and sugar cane.