List of Ships and passengers departing for Louisiana in 1785
Special Note: About half of those Acadians who went to Louisiana, beginning in 1764, came by ship from Nova Scotia and Maryland. As far as we know, NONE walked overland.
The other half (around 1,500 individuals) arrived in 1785 from France on SEVEN ships, not all debarking exclusively from Nantes. Four of the ships also picked up passengers in Paimboeuf; one ship left from Saint-Malo, then Paimboeuf. The following is _THAT_ list of passengers.
Arrival in New Orleans
# of Acadians from Belle-Ile
Total # of Acadians
I am very grateful to my friend, Daniel Burgot of France, for having provided me his approval to translate the above-noted information and the information on the following pages to post on my web site. Connect to http://daniel.burgot.perso.neuf.fr/html/nantes/navires.htm to visit Daniel’s informative web site.
MYTH: Some Acadians traveled overland to Louisiana.
REALITY: All known historical evidence, indicates the Acadian exiles went to Louisiana solely by ship. Claims to the contrary stem largely from the work of Saint Martinville writer Judge Felix Voorhies, whose 1907 fictional account of the expulsion, Acadian Reminiscences, described a “perilous and weary journey overland.”