It seems a thoroughly safe opinion to believe that among French-speaking Canadians nothing in American literature has greater celebrity than Longfellow's Evangeline. In Canada it is doubtless considered unquestionably the poet's chef-d'oeuvre, the authentic and moving account of the tragedy of a people, the dispersion of the Acadians in 1755.
Foley, L. (1967). A New Look at Longfellow's "Evangeline". Reading Horizons, 7 (4). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol7/iss4/5