The Acadian Renaissance

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September 26, 1900, 19th century
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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The founding of Le Moniteur acadien, in 1867, marked the beginning of French-language newspaper publishing in Acadia. The rapid development of an Acadian press reflected the nationalist awakening - known as the Acadian Renaissance - that was taking place.

Between 1867 and 1914, no fewer than 16 newspapers and magazines were published in Acadia. Most lasted only a few years, but several enjoyed longer publishing careers, becoming important mouthpieces for Acadian concerns and interests. Notable among the latter were Le Courrier des Provinces Maritimes (1885-1909, Bathurst, New Brunswick), L'Évangéline (founded in 1887 in Digby, Nova Scotia, and moved in Moncton, New Brunswick, in 1903) and L'Impartial (1893-1915, Tignish, Prince Edward Island).

Like their predecessor, Le Moniteur acadien, these newspapers and publications defended the cause of the Acadian people.

  • What

    Standard-size newspaper (1900-1904); its motto Spera, ora et labora (Hope, pray and work) is legible under the name of the newspaper.

  • Where

    L'Acadie was published in Weymouth, Nova Scotia.

  • When

    This is a copy of the weekly newspaper L'Acadie (Volume 1, Number 8) from its first year of publication, 1900.

  • Who

    L'Acadie was founded by the Compagnie d'imprimerie acadienne.