A major task taken by the English was to get the Acadians to swear to England's 'Oath of Allegiance' and become British subjects. The Oath read as follows...
"I do sincerely promise and swear, that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Anne; and Her will defend to the utmost of my power against all Traiterous Conspiracies and attempts whatsoever which shall be made against her person, Crown or Dignity; and I will do my Utmost Endeavor to disclose and make known to Her Majesty and her Successors, all Treasons, and Traiterous Conspiracies, which I shall Know to be against, or any of them. So help me God"
It was common for England to require its subjects to take the 'Oath'. However when Lieutenant Governor Vetch tried to force it upon the Acadians; they refused. The Acadians stated they would never take an Oath of loyalty to the Queen of England, out of love for their own 'Country, King, and Religion'.
When the Acadians refused, Lieutenant Governor Vetch threatened expulsion, since refusal of the oath is viewed as an 'Act of Rebellion'.