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What are Cajun people called?
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Asked in French Language and Culture, Louisiana
What are people in louisiana called that speak french?
Asked in Recipes, International Cuisine
What area did cajun cooking come from?
Originally Cajun cooking comes from France. The name cajun derives from Acadien. The acadiens were people who moved to what is now Canada from the area of France north of Poitiers to seek a new life in the territory of Acadie so called. They were then displaced from Canada and were obliged to settle in Louisiana (at the time a property of the French Crown but later purchased by the newly established USA in 1803. Acadien became corrupted in pronunciation to Cajun. The French origins of the cuisine is evidenced for example by the popular Cajun dish of boudin. Boudin is simply the word for a type of black pudding or blood sausage.
Asked in Literature and Language
Where did people migrate from in Louisiana?
If you're talking about the French-speaking Cajuns, then they came to Louisiana when they were expelled from the region called Acadia by the British when they took the territory from the French. If you don't know, Acadia is a region in far eastern Canada on the Atlantic Ocean. The word Cajun comes itself from the French word acadien, meaning "Acadian." In Cajun French the initial a was dropped, leaving 'cadien; this word was then adopted into English as "Cajun."
Asked in English to French
How do you learn to speak cajun?
Asked in French Language and Culture
How is Cajun French different from French?
Cajun French is a mixture of French and the native tongue of the Indians living in Louisiana during the French and Indian war. After the Louisiana Purchase, people in that region still kept the language alive (and Cajun is spoken all over Louisiana). (I have heard that Cajun is such a mixture, that many native French speakers have trouble picking up what is spoken.) --shel