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The Grand Pré Dykes

Month: January 2018
Organization: Lost Art Cartography
Products: ArcMap 9.3, Illustrator, Photoshop

For approximately 70 years before their forcible removal in 1755, the Acadian community introduced an aboiteau system that created some of the finest farmland in North America. This map highlights how Acadians adapted European marshland practices to Grand Pré. After the Acadian deportation, the dykelands laid idle. In 1759, a massive storm breached the dykes, and seawater flooded the previously drained land. The New England Planters arriving in 1760 found the land unusable; it took years to re-drain the land. The Grand Pré dykelands remain highly fertile today with the features of the original dyked area still in place.