• Creator
  • Illinois Heritage Association
  • Created Date
  • 6-30-00
  • Description
  • Drawing 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. The 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. T... more
    Drawing 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. The 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. French in Illinois; Settling in the Midwest. 16 History; 17 Geography; 18 Social systems. less
  • Format
  • IHA00006.jpg