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Voyageur holding paddle
Voyageur holding paddle
Resource Typeimage
TitleVoyageur holding paddle
Coverage / Year1890
DescriptionDrawing by Frederic Remington of a voyageur holding his paddle, which is almost as tall as he is. His other hand is hooked onto his braided sash, which typically held pipes, pouches of tobacco, and other supplies. A vest, leather footgear, and a jaunty cap with a tassel complete his outfit.
InterpretationThe voyageurs, or river boatmen, were French Canadians who transported goods in the Great Lakes and up and down the river ways. They sang as they worked. The rhythm of the songs helped them to keep time as they paddled their canoes or boats, and helped the time to pass more pleasantly. During the winter, the voyageurs stayed in French settlements, sometimes marrying and finding temporary jobs, but seldom becoming landowners.
Lesson Plans / ThemesFrench in Illinois; Settling in the Midwest
Learning Standards16 History; 17 Geography; 18 Social systems;
Author or CreatorIllinois Heritage Association
SourceHarper's Weekly, February 1, 1890
Subject / KeywordsTransportation; French Colonial Period; Fur trade; Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909; Voyageurs;
Collection PublisherIllinois Heritage Association
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Resource IdentifierIHA00006
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