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Acadia Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 61,773. The parish was founded from parts of St. Landry Parish in 1886.
The parish seat is Crowley. The
name Acadia was suggested by a priest from Rayne,
Father Anthoioz and is derived from the former French colony of Acadia
Acadia Parish is included in the Lafayette, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The name Acadia was suggested by a priest from Rayne, Father Anthoioz and is derived from the former French colony of Acadia in Canada.
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Acadia Parish was created on 1887, from St. Landry Parish and the parish was named in honor of the Acadians, descendants of the 17th-century French colonists who settled in Acadia. The Parish seat is Crowley.
The first settlement of what is now Acadia Parish was made by the exiled Acadians who were induced by the Spanish Government to come to this area with gifts of large tracts of land, cattle, and agricultural implements. Life was simple, their homes were constructed of mud mixed with moss, their
food was plain, and there was little trade. They engaged in stock raising, and later raised corn and cotton.
Acadia Parish was part of St. Landry Parish. In those days of poor transportation, people found it a real hardship to travel by horseback, canoe, or priogue to distant Opelousas, the parish seat. In 1886, the Rayne newspaper, The Rayne Signal, proposed a division of the old parish with the creation of a new one. The proposal was soon supported by many prominent men throughout the area, and in an election, the people voted in its favor, almost two to one. Thus was born Acadia Parish on October 2, 1886. The name Acadia was suggested by a priest from Rayne, Father Anthoioz.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 657 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 655 square miles (1,700 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (0.4%) is water.
Acadia parish is located close to the center of Louisiana.
Bordering Parishes and counties are as follows:
Acadia Parish is served by Acadia Parish Schools.