region & former French colony (1604-1713) on the NE coast of North America, including what are now the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, plus parts of Quebec and parts of Maine
Origin of AcadiaFrench Acadia, probably from Archadia, name given by Verrazano (1524), after Arcadia, place of rural peace
A region and former French colony of eastern Canada, chiefly in Nova Scotia but also including Prince Edward Island and the coastal area from the St. Lawrence River south into Maine. During the French and Indian War (1754-1763) many Acadians migrated or were deported by the British to southern territories, including Louisiana, where their descendants came to be known as Cajuns.
- (history) A colonial territory owned by France in the 17th and early 18th centuries, spanning over what is now northeast USA and the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland)
- Acadia National Park, a national park in Maine
- A parish in southern Louisiana settled by Acadian exiles.
From Italian Archadia (1520), possibly from Ancient Greek Ἀρκαδία (Arkadia, “a place of rural peace in pastoral poetry”), or possibly from Mi'kmaq akadie (“fertile land”).