"I was reading through your book, Cajun By Any Other Name, again, and it made me think about just how intertwined my ancestry is with yours, along with every other person of Acadian- Mi'kmaq ancestry. One, I was thinking of was my grandfather Honore' Trahan. He was captured by the English in Maine, and was listed as Mi'kmaq. He was deported to Port Tobacco, Maryland, and left for Louisiana with his family including another of my grandfathers, Blaise Lejeune, who was Honore's orphaned nephew. Their ship got blown off course and ended up in Texas where they were held prisoner for six months before being allowed to go to Louisiana.
"I remember reading about an ancestor of yours from Martinique. It is kind of neat because my grandfather Michel Doucet and his family, after being released from the Halifax prison, ended up in Haiti for a year before going to Louisiana.
"And I know you have German and Swiss ancestors, which I do not, but I was really surprised to find out years ago about the huge impact the Germans had on the Cajun culture. I went to High School in La Place, Louisiana, in St John the Baptist Parish, which as you know is right in the middle of the German Coast. La Place is famous for its Andouille Festival, honoring a sausage that no Cajun would live without. It was interesting that andouille actually came from the Germans. And then there is of course the most Cajun of musical instruments, the accordion, another contribution of the Germans.
"So it really does amaze me how all this ties together, then multiply that by the numbers who have similar ancestry. I really did enjoy your book."
Keith Doucet (Louisiana, USA)