Well after long and careful consideration as to what picture should be put on this page, I came to the conclusion that puting a picture of those who really run our household is most appropriate. So these are the rulers of our abode *FiFi and Ebonie*
A PROUD HERITAGE!
Instead of boring you to tears with information about me, I'd rather tell you about the place I call home. I think you'll find the people, culture and geography a lot more interesting and extremely diverse. The diversity of people, and cultures which blend to make up the Acadiana area add to the variety of events one can experience here. As the saying goes "variety is the spice of life" and no one can dispute how much Cajuns just love their spices.
But the area was not settled only by the Acadians whom had been exiled from Nova Scotia. During the 1700's the area was inhabited by the Attakapas, Opelousas, Alabamons, and Choctaw indians. The arrival date of European settlers is not exactly known, but it is speculated that some traders and trappers were present, prior to the "Le Grand Derangement" around 1766. (For a more complete history of "Le Grand Derangement" see Cajun History at cajunland.com) The Acadians settled along side another group known as the Creoles, who were also a diverse group, being descendants of West Indian, African, and European pioneers.
The State of Louisiana was originally a part of the Louisiana Territories, who's possession was transferred back and forth between the French and Spanish governments. The United States purchased it in 1803 from Napolean Bonaparte, who needed funds for his war debts.
Jean Mouton, an Acadian, donated land for a Catholic Church in 1821 and in 1822 the Bishop created the church parish, circumscribing the area of Mouton's plantation, west to the Sabine River, and south to the Gulf of Mexico. The Parish was named St. John of the Evangelist of Vermilion. As a settlement grew around the church in 1823 the Louisiana Legislature created Lafayette Parish. With another donation of land from Mouton a courthouse was built, thus making the town of Vermilionville the parish seat. Later in 1844 the town was renamed Lafayette in honor of the French Marquis de Lafayette.