July 28, 2006

Happy Great Upheaval Day!


Yes, Canada has designated July 28th as a date of commemoration of the "Great Upheaval", the booting of the French Acadian population out of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (or "ethnic cleansing" if you prefer the vogue terminology) by the Brits, beginning in 1755.

This appears to be another exercise in White Guilt self-flagellation. The fact that possession of Eastern Canada was bitterly contested between Britain and France in the 18th Century, the fact that the French cheerfully would have driven the Brit colonists into the sea if they could have managed it, and the fact that they employed some awfully vicious means of clearing out Brit settlers themselves, all seem to have been overlooked in the general bewailment of the Acadians' fate.

Posted by Robert at July 28, 2006 10:38 AM | TrackBack