Mediterranean Connection

Naturally, as the name Acadiana indicates, the cultural identity of this region has been shaped predominantly by the influence of Acadian settlers who arrived here in the late 18th century. But it's important to bear in mind that they were not the only immigrants who've contributed to our local character, especially in Lafayette. One of the more interesting and unexpected influences at work in Acadiana comes from the Eastern Mediterranean through a variety of peoples collectively (and often imprecisely) grouped together under the heading of "Lebanese."