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Exile Destination: Prince Edward Island  [Ile St. Jean]

     In the first half of the 18th century, the Acadian population on the island remained small. Once the English started bringing in settlers in 1749, Acadians feeling threatened started moving to Prince Edward Island (which was still French territory known as Isle St. Jean). Acadians flocked to the island in the 1750’s, both before and after the 1755 deportations. By 1758, the Acadian population on the island was about 3400-5000. When Louisbourg fell in that year, the British claimed control of Isle Royale and Isle St. Jean. The decision was made to have another mass exile. Two-thirds of the Acadian population was deported directly to France. Most of the other third escaped to Quebec or fled to St. Pierre and Miquelon. A small contingent managed to hide out in the woods. When the war ended, the British found 30 Acadians that had manage to remain undetected. In 1768, a census was taken that found 203 Acadians on the island. They mainly worked in the fishing industry in the towns of Malpeque, Tracadie, Rustico, and St. Pierre. When the island became a British province the following year, the land titles were taken from the Acadians, and they became tenants. This caused many of them to pack up and leave. 

     For more information on the Acadians and Prince Edward Island / Ile St. Jean, please go to the Ile St. Jean page.

The 1755 Exile
The 1758 Exile
The "End" of the Exile
Exile Destinations
England | Quebec | New Brunswick | Prince Edward Island | Nova Scotia | France
St. Domingue | Martinique | French Guiana | Falkland Islands | St. Pierre & Miquelon | Louisiana
American Colonies
Connecticut | Georgia | Maryland | Massachusetts | New York | Pennsylvania | South Carolina
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