The word "cajun" is derived from "acadien".
The frenchspeaking inhabitants of Louisiana are imigrated from France to
Nuova Scotia in Canada originally, to them a place like paradise, "Arcadia" (means paradise).
In the 17th century they've been thrown out by the English, and after a long diaspora (journey),
called "le grand derangement") many of them finally settled in the south of Louisiana,
at that time a rough swamp area.;
They callled themselves "acadiens", what in the mouth became "cajuns", and they could manage
themselves surprisingly well in that uncomfortable region of swamps, bayou's and mosquito's .
The cajuns make music based on old french dances like gavotte
The words are mostly in french ( but not the french
you learn in school!
For many years the cajun culture is ignored and
suppressed by the government
In the Netherlands the cajun culture is mostly known by the cajun kitchen:
Dewey Balfa is a fiddler / singer,
and pioneer in the cajun music,
I advise you to look in the: Encyclopedia of Cajun Culture
this page is updated op 20-02-17