Different Scenarios for their Return
The families who settled in what is today's Nova Scotia resided mostly in the regions of Chezzetcook, Baie Sainte-Marie, Pubnico, île Madame and Chéticamp in Cape Breton. Other Acadians preferred to get away from the British authorities and opted to settle in the Malpèque and Rustico regions of île Saint-Jean. That island's status changed in 1769 when it became a separate colony. In 1799, it was renamed Prince Edward Island. Some Acadians chose to stay in what is now New Brunswick, which was founded in 1784. As Acadians were knowledgeable fishermen and saw fishing as a means of subsistence, many decided to settle in coastal regions or close to navigable streams. This is why they favoured the Bay of Chaleur, the Acadian Peninsula, Madawaska and the Memramcook valley.