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Transcript of Evangeline
Longfellow in 1847 Evangeline Bellefontaine Characters Evangeline and Gabriel are set
to be married Storyline Translated into many languages Influences of the poem Fictional story about an Acadian girl during
the Acadian Expulsion Gabriel Lajeunesse Benedict Bellefontaine Basil Lajeunesse young Acadian girl from Grand-Pre travels across America searching for her betrothed successful farmer in Grand-Pre father of Evangeline betrothed to Evangeline blacksmith in Grand-Pre father of Gabriel British ships arrive at Grand-Pre British order all Acadians to leave
Grand-Pre Gabriel and Evangeline
are separated Grand-Pre is burned
down Evangeline's father dies before they
board the ship Evangeline wanders from place
to place searching for Gabriel While traveling through the Bayou of Plaquemine
in Louisiana, Evangeline and the oarsmen stop to rest Gabriel sails near the area and passes by without noticing the boat Evangeline is sleeping in Evangeline comes across the home of Basil, Gabriel's father, living near the bank of the Teche Basil directs Evangeline to the Spanish town of Adayes, then the Native Americans guide Evangeline and Basil through the Ozarks Evangeline stays in a Mission on the slope of one of the mountains, awaiting Gabriel's expected return She leaves the mission and travels to the Saginaw river in Michigan, finding Gabriel's lodge recently abandoned After years of wandering, she gives up the chase and settles in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she comforts the sick and dying One day, she recognizes Gabriel as one of the sick, and he dies in her arms The two are buried beside one another in unmarked graves Two movies based on the poem Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site Acadian Reminiscences: The True Story of Evangeline written by Felix Voorhies in 1907 with an alternate ending St. Martinville's "Evangeline Oak" Evangeline Trail in Nova Scotia Grand-Pre now a historic site Statue of Evangeline in Nova Scotia Evangeline Parish in Louisiana Made into a musical Map of Evangeline's journey French song: Evangeline References http://www.hwlongfellow.org/works_evangeline.shtml
http://www.comeexplorecanada.com/nova_scotia/regions/evangeline_trail/ Presentation by Rachel Wemhoff