Up to the first decades of the 20th century, the village and parish were at the heart of Acadian community life. Most people were born, live and die without ever stepping outside the parish and village boundaries. These organizations were the foundation of identity, and it was by them and for them that the majority of local institutions, including the church and the school, were established. In fact, trade, education and religion were at that time essentially centred around those structures.

Just as is the case with the Acadian home, the village is composed of a variety of people and trades and services. Tradesmen and craftsmen endeavored, throught their products and services, to make the daily lif of their neighbours easier. From the 1800s on, tradesmen were in greater number and some of these tradesmen, like the blacksmith, had been present already for several years. Others, such as teachers and doctors, weren’t always available, in some cases for a number of years. The same may be said about public infrastructures which were then rather few in number. Beyond the post office, bridges and wharves were, quite often, the only significant signs of the presence of government.

To round out our exploration of Acadian daily life between the late 18th and early 20th century, we must highlight the importance of their village, its main components and its most prevalent tradesmen and craftsmen.
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