Travis & Diana Vincent Callahan's Home Page
Hello From South Louisiana
Diana and I were both born
here in South Central Louisiana. Some of our ancestors migrated from France to Port
Royal, Nova Scotia in 1605. The new land was called Acadia and remained under
French control until 1713 when Nova Scotia was ceded to Britain. The Acadians
continued to work their farms until 1755 when the British government decided to
give the Acadian's farms to new British settlers to the area. The British
government then decided to eliminate the Acadians by deporting them. Seven
thousand of the Acadian people were sent to the American colonies of which over
half that number did not survive . Ten thousand others escaped to present day Canada
to take refuge at the French forts there. The British then attacked the forts
and many of the Acadians were killed. The remainder were sent to France and
England where some were enslaved as servants. Later some of those were able to
leave France and travel to Louisiana to meet their cousins who had arrived here
in 1755. Some of our other ancestors came directly from France, and were not
part of the Acadian exile. Those people adapted to the new climate and terrain quickly and became
farmers and cattlemen. The area where we live was a tall grass prairie at the
time and ideally suited for farming.
Today Diana and
I still speak the French dialect of those first settlers and many of the local
people still farm the land of their ancestors. Here we enjoy a lifestyle that is
unique with world famous cuisine, music, and a joy of life that is very hard to
understand until one visits here. Our research of our family trees inspired this
web site and a desire to have you understand a little about this area. Diana and
I hope you enjoy your visit to our site which will certainly be
expanded in the future. We are including links to other local pages so that you
can understand why we are proud to be a pair of Cajuns.
Crawfishermen on a Blustery Day
Three men harvest crawfish near Abbeville, Louisiana.
Crawfish are big business in South Louisiana. The small cousin of the lobster is
much in demand by restaurants.
South Louisiana Mountain
Viewed from a quarter mile away, this big hill covers some of
the debris from the damage of Hurricane Rita. The useful life of the Vermilion
Parish Landfill was shortened by five years when the hurricane demolished much
of the lower part of the parish. The volume of debris buried here over the past
year equals five normal years of waste disposal.
Every year millions of geese over winter in South Louisiana .
Large flocks rise with any disturbance and relocate a little further from the
road. This group is 100 yards from the truck.
The Catholic Church at Saint
This is the oldest church still standing in
Louisiana and was built in 1776 by the Acadian settlers who were sent to fortify
the fort at Saint Gabriel on the Mississippi river. This church along with the
St. Martin de Tours church at Saint Martinville was a very important part of the
early settlers lives and the priests were instrumental in preserving the records
of early South Louisiana.
& The Civil War In Louisiana
Louis Hebert Camp 2032 SCV Page
Civil War Memorial Page
Legion Post 29 Home Page
Legion Auxiliary Unit 29 Home Page
Chef John Folse & Company
A Cajun Family's Recipe
A Taste Of
Mail to Travis Callahan
Thanks to Andy Bakke for the music.
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This page updated 10-27-06