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Acadia was first founded in 1604 as the first French colony in North America. It was soon caught in the crossfire of French-English wars, leading Acadia to change hands frequently. This led Acadians to develop a separate identity and a form of self-government. Their lack of support for any side in these wars earned them the title of French neutrals, but also the distrust of British colonial authorities who would forcefully deport them in 1755. Acadians have since returned to their land and rebuilt.