AB-605 | Evangeline Country

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Evangeline Country
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This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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The tourism industry in Louisiana has also capitalized on the popularity of Evangeline. Like Nova Scotia, which claims to be the "Land of Evangeline," the Acadian, or Cajun, area of Louisiana touts itself as "Evangeline Country."

To draw visitors, they promote Acadian attractions, especially places associated with Evangeline, such as St. Martinville, where the Evangeline Oak and the old graveyard of St. Martin de Tours church are located. The municipality's Evangeline Oak Park dates from the late 1800s.

As in Nova Scotia, Acadian tourism promotion in Louisiana was inspired by Longfellow's poem. Railway companies were also big promoters.

  • What

    This railway advertising brochure, Evangeline Country, put out by the Southern Pacific Lines, states that Evangeline is buried in the church graveyard in St. Martinville, Louisiana.

  • Where

    In the brochure, Southern Pacific Lines promotes Louisiana as a tourist destination.

  • When

    The brochure dates from 1929.

  • Who

    The brochure was published by the Southern Pacific Lines railway company.