“Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie,” a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, has often been regarded as a true story. Although it is based on history, the story of Evangeline is pure fiction, yet, it plays an important role on the development of the Cajun style and influence that was brought to Louisiana.
The tale features Evangeline and Gabriel Lajeunesse, two people deeply in love at the time of the Acadian exile. The two-lovers are separated on their wedding day by the British, who began deporting the citizens of Acadia. Evangeline flees to Louisiana, becoming separated from her love. She finds him years later, only to find him close to death. They embrace in one final moment, leaving a kiss on his lips, as he takes his last breath.