Following the Deportation, many Acadian families went into a long period of isolation. Living in constant fear and practically in hiding until the end of the 18th century, they only came out into the open to settle in small groups apart from the British colonists.

Acadians, aside from the odd fishing schooner happening by, received few guests in their new communities. For many families, whose existence revolved first and foremost around the home, a stranger was seldom encountered. If a stranger chanced to come along, he was at first met with distrust, but this suspicious attitude generally soon gave way to Christian charity, calling for a warm greeting and a sharing of one’s frugal meal.

An Englishman, especially if he was a Protestant, was looked upon with especial fear and distrust. Very early, some Acadian communities nonetheless had to deal with an Anglophone presence. Protestant for the most part, these settlers of various British origins formed, in fact, with their own religious temples, their school and their social life, a parallel society. Still, clashes between the two groups were not rare … Forming a minority in most cases, the English-speaking newcomers exerted a monopoly on economy and political power in the villages. For instance, the Blackhall family in Caraquet, who simultaneously held many administrative offices in the 19th century.

Once a good friend, the Indian was also looked upon with suspicion by the Acadian in his new Acadia. As a rule, they had been on good terms before the Deportation. In the troubled years from 1755 to 1763, the Micmacs were even a great help for many Acadian families. All this changed, however, at the end of the 18th century. From then on, Acadians tended to settle in areas already occupied by Indians, which of course brought on many tensions and changed for ever their friendly relations.
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