Acadia is literally ‘the place’

Although many people long for the name “Acadia” to be connected with the story of Evangeline and the Acadian people made famous in Longfellow’s epic poem, the similarity ends at the French root.

The name Acadia comes from the term “L’Acadie,” the French take on a Native American word “cadie,” which means “the place of abundance.”

“La Cadie” as it was sometimes written, refers to the entire original French claim to North America.

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