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Canadian Genealogy - Acadia - Did you know?

Acadian Dikes Upon arriving in Acadia, the French settlers knew that they had to build dikes to water their farmland. They invented a system of drainage ditches combined with an innovative one-way watergate called Aboiteau. It was a hinged valve that allowed freshwater to run off the marshes at low tide and prevented the saltwater from flowing onto the farmland during high tide. The system allowed the Acadian community to cooperate as it needed utmost vigilance from them to keep it working correctly. There could be soil erosion or severe damage to their farms if repairs were not immediately done. This system was so complicated that some Acadian prisoners were released from prison after their deportation to keep the dikes working.

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