Heroes of the Acadian Resistance

The Story of Joseph Beausoleil Broussard and Pierre II Surette 1702-1765

by Dianne Marshall

Heroes of the Acadian Resistance tells the unique story of 2 young men who became leaders of guerrilla fighters by resisting the British authorities in Nova Scotia. Fighting to prevent the destruction of Acadian homes, farms, & the forcible deportation of thousands. This book tells the tragic well-known story of the 1755 Expulsion of the Acadians.

Heroes of the Acadian Resistance tells the unique and little-known story of the young men who led an Acadian resistance in 18th century Nova Scotia. They fought valiantly in a guerilla campaign against the British to save their homes and families from destruction and deportation.

Their battle was against a form of ethnic cleansing that saw British soldiers burn every remnant of the Acadian community -- homes, barns and churches. All Acadians who the soldiers were able to round up were forcibly deported.

The French government used missionary priests as government agents to generate resistance amongst Mi'kmaq and Acadian Catholics in an attempt to regain Nova Scotia from British domination. Their efforts were welcomed by some Acadians who had their own reasons for resisting British rule. The guerilla campaign which ensued was well underway before the deportation, and continued after the majority of Acadians had been captured and forcibly exiled.

Heroes of the Acadian Resistance tells the story of that resistance and two young Acadians who proved to be leaders in these battles -- Joseph Beausoleil Broussard and Pierre II Surette. Beausoleil, who like many fellow Acadians ended up in Louisiana, is remembered in the Cajun community as a great Acadian hero. Surette lived out his days in Yarmouth County in Nova Scotia, an area which is still home to many of Surette's descendants.

This book offers a fresh perspective on the tragic events of the Acadian expulsion from 18th century Nova Scotia.

About the Author

DIANNE MARSHALL, a native of Halifax, is a frequent contributor on local history and folklore to Halifax's Sunday Chronicle Herald newspaper. Listeners to CBC's Information Morning will know her as the "history buff." She is also the author of Georges Island: The Keep of Halifax Harbour.


"...in her new book, Halifax author Dianne Marshall explores a less-reported chapter of this 18th century British campaign against Nova Scotia's early French settlers....chronicles the struggles, strategies and significance of a small but persistent opposition movement battling a British empire."
Lois Legge, Chronicle Herald
"The 207-page book that tells the most complete version of the story (of the Acadian Expulsion) so far is Heroes of the Acadian Resistance by Dianne Marshall...The author writes well... It's to be hoped she will treat another historical subject in the same calm, clear way."
Elizabeth Cran, Charlottetown Guardian
"Marshall's well-assembled, clearly written account takes us through the early resistance, the first fall of Louisbourg, the disastrous French effort to retake it, the final Bristish push to quash an Acadian insurgency and the expulsion itself. This straightforward narrative style comes at a cost: I, for one, wanted Marshall to pause and ruminate on the morality of the insurgents and pass judgement in the way they often forced hapless Acadians to support them."

"...her description of the deportation itself is bracing and affecting, a sobering reminder that this was not an orderly queuing up to board ships...the execution was chaotic, harsh and often fatal."

Jacques Poitras, Literary Review of Canada

Subjects (BISAC)


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