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The Sluice of an Aboiteau-style dike, Beaumont

By LeBlanc, Ronnie-Gilles

Acadian Aboiteaux [Dike and Suice Gate System]

The word aboiteau [dike and sluice system] has become a central part of the identity of the Acadian people, the maritime technology being so closely linked with the rise and evolution of this group of people during the 17thand 18th centuries. Even after the Deportation of the Acadian people in the 1750s, this farming practice was preserved in some of the Acadian regions.The aboiteau-style dike and sluice has now become a symbolic part of the cultural heritage of the Acadian community, which still perpetuates the memory of the maritime technology's historic importance.  Throughout the colonial ...

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