The French settlement of Acadia, from its initial settlement in 1604 to when it was ceded to the British in 1713, was a major territory in the New World. The Treaty of Utrecht gave the British control of a majority of the formerly French lands, where the Acadians lived in relative peace until growing tension and increasingly unstable politics lead the British to expel the Acadians from Acadia. Forced to leave their lands, the Acadians eventually settled across North America, and in French lands in Europe and the Caribbean.
“The cultural diversity of people and shifting national boundaries have often led to political instability by the creation of enclaves and exclaves of minority groups. One measure by which such problems may be resolved is the forced migrations of peoples across international boundaries.”
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