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Gathering Acadian women and children for deportation, Grand Pré, Acadia, July 1755

Caption: Gathering Acadian women and children for deportation, Grand Pré, Acadia, July 1755

It is ‘the turn of the women and children’ at Grand Pré, Acadia, as troops come to gather them to be deported in the fall of 1755. Soldiers have occasionally been used to banish innocent civilian populations from their homes in Canadian history. The deportation of the Acadians is the first large scale example in Canada of the use of soldiers, in this case troops from Britain and from Massachusetts, to round up civilians. The arrest and internment of Canadians of Japanese origin during the Second World War is the latest such action.