On June 29, 1984, at the initiative of René Monory, the association La Maison de l’Acadie inaugurated a place of remembrance in La Chaussée thanks to the involvement of Madame Michèle Touret. Today, the mission of La Maison de l’Acadie is to preserve and transmit the history of the Acadian people, enhance the value of the Loudunais territory and offer a place for reunion and sharing perpetuating the ties that unite the two territories.
1604: At the instigation of Henri IV, Samuel de Champlain, Pierre Dugas de Mons set up engagés in Acadia. Due to the difficulties encountered, this initiative was shelved.
1632: During the reign of Louis XIII, Richelieu commissioned his cousin Isaac de Razilly, born at Les Eaux-Melles in Roiffé, and Charles de Menou, seigneur of Aulnay near Loudun, to establish a colony in Acadia. They are accompanied by “300 elite men” according to La Gazette de Théophraste Renaudot, the King’s gazetier, also from Loudun. Several local families would make the great voyage to Acadia, a few years later, Martin Le Godelier, seigneur du Bourg, de La Chaussée left with his son and a servant. He died a few months later in 1642.
1713: The Treaty of Utrecht – Coveted by the English for decades, Acadia was definitively lost to France in 1713. Under English rule, the Acadians were tolerated.
1755: the “Grand Dérangement”: Faced with the Acadians’ stubborn refusal to swear allegiance to the English crown, their lands and possessions were seized and given to English settlers. Then came the mass deportation: the Acadians were hunted down and killed, and the English forcibly loaded several thousand survivors onto their ships. Family members were separated and sent to the English colonies in North America. The dispersal lasted around 10 years, and some families, imprisoned in England, returned to France free. Two Acadian settlements still exist in France: Belle-Île-en-Mer and Archigny.