The area of Louisiana, now known as Acadiana, comprised about 22 parishes.
It forms a triangle from Lake Charles at the west to Grand Isle at the
east, with Pointe Coupee at the apex. The Acadians were the largest group
to settle in this area from 1765 to 1785. Although other nationalities
were there, the Acadian culture was dominant in many places. When bits
and pieces of these other cultures were added to the Acadians, a variation
of the Acadian culture was created. These people, and this culture, became
known as Cajun ... a derivation of the word Acadian.