How did the Cajuns get to Pierre Part?
The Acadian Coasts are not "coasts" as one would think of the term today as land along the seashore of an ocean.
In August 1770, a Spanish census …of the Acadian settlers in the district, (1 st & 2 nd) Acadian Coast) and counted 84 families. In 1777… the Spanish governor counted… 61 men, 67 women, 128 boys… 92 girls, 1,178 horned cattle, 158 horses, 80 sheep, 882 swine, 130 arms, 1 free savage, 12 goats, and 3 kid's.These new settlers were called 'Les petits habitants' French for Small Farmers.
Louisiana Purchase 1803
The Bayou Lafourche Acadians did not to resist these new immigrants too much, they hated debt.
This was documented by Pitot, James (Pacques-françois), Spanish Cabildo Ward Commissioner of New Orleans; 1802 -1804. He wrote a critique of Spanish rule of Louisiana colony - 1796 to 1802 for the French who had taken over from the Spanish. This was before the Louisiana Purchase.
The Acadian “les petits habitants” displaced by the plantation system followed two migratory patterns.
2. The Lower Lafourche Valley, to Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Houma, and Raceland area.
The Route to Pierre Part.
At the Village of Port Barrow on the banks of Bayou Lafourche slightly below Donalsonville, there was a cordelle road / path, it was along, a small slough, to the source of Grand Bayou, which led to Lake Verret.By 1815 a small settlement of families, existed on the west banks of Lake Verret, where Bayou Pierre Part flows into the Lake Verret.
Between 1780 and 1803 the Atakapa's Canal (pronounced tack-a-paw) was completed, i.e.., a man-made canal made by extending a natural bayou that was connected to Lake Verret with Bayou Lafourche.