After the British conquered Acadia, what are now Maine and New Brunswick were sometimes joined administratively and sometimes separate, with boundary disputes occurring until the War of 1812. Even after that war, Eastport remained part of Canada until 1818.
Where do "Downeast" & "Acadia" Come From?
Both terms have complex and interesting origins that correspond to the natural and cultural history of the region.
Acadians are the descendants of a group of French-speaking settlers who migrated from coastal France in the late sixteenth century to establish a French colony called Acadia in the maritime provinces of Canada and part of what is now the state of Maine. Forced out by the British in the mid-sixteenth century, a few settlers remained in Maine, but most resettled in southern Louisiana and are popularly known as Cajuns.
Our Varied Cultural Roots
While most of the population of the region hails from Native American British and French roots, many other nationalities now make up the rich cultural tapestry of Fundy-Acadia.
The Fundy-Acadia Region includes the Maine counties of Hancock and Washington, and the New Brunswick county of Charlotte. This region boasts a wide variety of museums exploring both the human and natural history of the region.
The Wabanaki Confederacy includes many of the tribes with languages related to Algonquin located in New Brunswick and Maine. The rich history and culture of these peoples is well represented through activities, festivals, sites and museums devoted to teaching and experiencing the Wabanaki culture.