The Acadians signed an oath of allegiance to the British Crown; however, they refused to fight the French and the native indians.
Timeline of the Expulsion of the Acadians
Population of Acadians in Nova Scotia reaches 10,000
By 1750, the number of Acadians in Nova Scotia had increased to 10,000.
Beginning of French and Indian War
At the beginning of the French and Indian War, the British government demanded that the Acadians sign an oath of allegiance that included a pledge to fight the French. Most of them refused. Click on The French Indian War for a detailed timeline of events.
Decision made to deport Acadians
The decision to deport the Acadians is made by the British Governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council.
The expulsion begins at Fort Beausejour.
Last Acadians Deported
The last of the Acadians to be deported left Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia
Treaty of Paris Signed
The Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War and gave Great Britain all of it's colonies in North America except for the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.
Acadians Slowly Return
The Acadians started to return to Nova Scotia and the Cape Breton Islands in 1764.
First Acadian Convention
National Acadian Day, August 15th, was set as an annual celebration.
Second Acadian Convention
At the 2nd Acadian Convention, the Acadian Flag and a National Anthem were adopted.
For more details on the timeline of the deportation of the Acadians, visit the CBC website.