More Than a Flag of Convenience: Acadian Attitudes to Britain and the British Around the Time of Queen Victoria's 1887 Jubilee

  • Sheila Andrew St. Thomas University in Fredericton
Keywords: History, HIC, 2005, Sheila Andrew

Abstract

In the nineteenth century, the Deportation of 1755 was a vital part of the growing nationalism of francophones in the Canadian Maritimes. However, on 4 May 1887, the Acadian newspaper Moniteur Acadien claimed as an indisputable fact that Her Majesty has no more loyal subjects than the Acadians. Through analysis of newspaper coverage of British news and the Queen's Jubilee celebrations in two Acadian newspapers in New Brunswick, this paper explores aspects of the Acadian attitude to being British, as opposed to being American, Irish, Scottish, or English. It concludes that shared materialism and trade ties were important and a distant unintrusive monarchy was intriguing, but some Acadians also looked to Britain for an accommodation, so far elusive, between Catholic and Protestant and between francophone and anglophone communities in Canada.

Author Biography

Sheila Andrew, St. Thomas University in Fredericton

Sheila Andrew sandrew@stthomasu.ca
is a graduate of the University of Oxford and of the University of New
Brunswick. She recently retired from the History Department at St. Thomas
University in Fredericton. Her earlier research was on the The Development
of Elites in Acadian New Brunswick 1861-1881 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens'
Press, [Fall 1996]) and she has published papers on several aspects of
nineteenth-century Acadia including the use of jokes, the role of women
teachers, and the contribution of convent schools to the development of
French in New Brunswick.