Acadian Population Distribution: 1750, 1803


Area units:
1750 and 1803 political boundaries are shown, and coloured according to the European nation controlling the area at that time.

Data units:
Acadian, British and other French populations are represented by dot distributions in 1750. Only Acadian population dots are shown in 1803, as otherwise these would be obscured by other populations. See Legend Description below.


Legend Description

Settlement 1750 and 1803
Acadian and British populations in 1750, and Acadians only in 1803, are represented by dots. Each dot represents 25 people, and they are coloured according to nationality. The dots are distributed randomly within a rough area defining a town or community, and do not represent the literal geographic location of people.

Territorial Control
Land areas are coloured according to the nation in control of the area at the two periods shown (1750, 1803).

Forts are coloured by nationality controlling them at the time.

Marshlands areas often dyked for cultivation by Acadian settlers.

Major centres, 1750
Proportional circles represent major settlements where the population is too dense to be shown clearly with dots. Other French population is also shown this way. Circles are proportional to the number of people represented.

English towns, 1803
In 1803 for reference, English towns are represented by a symbol.



Population comparison bar graphs show the population of generalized areas in 1750 and 1803. The area relating to the bar graphs is labeled below the graphs (eg. New Brunswick Coast). See Active tools below to learn how to get the exact numbers represented by these bar graphs.

The two folders (POPULATION 1750, ACADIAN POPULATION 1803) each represent separate years. If you click on the check box beside the folder, all of the layers within it will turn on. You can also turn off or on the layers within the folders to see each one individually.

These two time-period folders are mutually exclusive. You can only view one of these groups at a time. Turning on a layer in one group, will automatically turn off the other group.

Click on the tag icon following layer names to turn on the place names associated with that layer.


Active Tools

Active Layer: Turning on the Population Comparison layer makes it the active layer. You can then use the tools below to get the details behind the bar graphs.

Identify: Click on this tool, then click at the base of a bar graph to popup the Area Name.

Table: Click on this tool and then click or drag on the map to select bar graphs to popup a table comparing the population of the selected areas in 1750 and 1803.


Table Fields - Population Comparison

Acadians 1750 Total number of Acadians in the area in 1750.
Acadians 1803 Total number of Acadians in the area in 1803.
Area name General areas of Acadian settlement by which population has been grouped, for comparison of population distribution before and after the deportation experience.
Data files available: acadian_pop_1750_1803.xls
Note: This file also contains Acadian population by settlement for 1750 and 1803.