- Here are entered works discussing Acadia as a historical entity and a political jurisdiction. Additional entries are made, if appropriate, under terms for the corresponding current jurisdictions using, again if appropriate, chronological periods provided for them, e.g.: 1. Acadia--Population. 2. Nova Scotia--Population. ; 1. Acadia--History. 2. Maritime Provinces--History--To 1867.
- Only current jurisdictions are used in geographical subdivisions under topical headings or as geographical qualifiers, with an additional entry under Acadia, e.g.:1. Fisheries--Maritime Provinces--Bibliography. 2. Acadia--Bibliography.
- The name Acadie was given by France to her Atlantic seaboard possessions in the New World during the 17th and early 18th centuries. The boundaries of the colony were never clearly defined, but probably were meant to include what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and parts of Maine and Quebec. Actual settlements were largely confined to Nova Scotia. The colony was governed by a lieutenant governor named by the French king. Acadian territories overlapped with those claimed by England and for that reason Acadia's history was troubled by the struggle between the two powers, its possession passing repeatedly from one to the other.
- Works about the territories which were once the historical Acadia, and where present-day descendants of the original Acadians live, are entered under the corresponding terms for current jurisdictions, with, if appropriate, an additional entry under Acadia or Acadians, e.g.: 1. Maritime Provinces--Description and travel. 2. Acadia. ; 1. Nova Scotia--Social life and customs. 2. Acadians--Nova Scotia--Social life and customs.
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